This collection of twelve papers, dedicated to Professor Israel Finkelstein, deals with various aspects concerning the archaeology of Israel and the Levant during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Although the area under discussion runs from southeastern Turkey (Alalakh) down to the arid zones of the Negev Desert, the main emphasis is on the Land of Israel. This collection provides the most recent evaluation of a number of thorny issues in Israeli archaeology during the Bronze and Iron Ages and specifically addresses chronology, state formation, identity, and agency. It offers, inter alia, a fresh look at the burial practices and iconography of the periods disscussed, as well as a re-evaluation of the subsistence economy and settlement patterns. This book is finely illustrated with more than sixty original drawings.
“…I cannot but emphasize that this volume contains a collection of very interesting and, in some cases, important studies on the archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Age Levant, a fitting tribute to a consummate teacher and researcher.”
Aren M. Maeir, Bar-Ilan University
Alexander Fantalkin, Ph.D. (2007) in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, is a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. He has published extensively on interactions between the Aegean and the Levant during the first millenium BCE.
Assaf Yassur-Landau, Ph.D. (2003) in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, is an assistant professor of Archaeology and History at the Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published extensively on interactions between the Aegean and the Levant during the second millennium BCE.
Table of contents
Urban Land Use Changes on the Southeastern Slope of Tel Megiddo during the Middle Bronze Age
Eran Arie The Appearance of Rock-Cut Bench Tombs in Iron Age Judah as a Reflection of State Formation
Alexander Fantalkin Trademarks of the Omride Builders?
Norma Franklin Continuity and Change in the Late Bronze to Iron Age Transition in Israel’s Coastal Plain: A Long Term Perspective
Yuval Gadot Permanent and Temporary Settlements in the South of the Lower Besor Region: Two Case Studies
Dan Gazit The Socioeconomic Implications of Grain Storage in Early Iron Age Canaan: The Case of Tel Dan
David Ilan A Re-analysis of the Archaeological Evidence for the Beginning of the Iron Age I
Yitzhak Meitlis Reassessing the Bronze and Iron Age Economy: Sheep and Goat Husbandry in the Southern Levant as a Model Case Study
Aharon Sasson Settlement Patterns of Philistine City-States
Alon Shavit Levantine Standardized Luxury in the Late Bronze Age: Waste Management at Tell Atchana (Alalakh)
Amir Sumaka’i Fink Desert Outsiders: Extramural Neighborhoods in the Iron Age Negev
Yifat Thareani-Sussely A Message in a Jug: Canaanite, Philistine, and Cypriot Iconography and the “Orpheus Jug”
All those interested in archaeology and history of the Land of Israel during the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as Biblical scholars.