Studies in the Archaeology of the Iron Age in Isreal and Jordan: With the Assistance of Ginny Mathias

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Thirteen essays on the Iron Age in Israel and Jordan, covering settlement patterns, iconography, cult, palaeography and the archaeology of certain key sites. This volume offers an exceptionally informed update in a fast-moving area of discovery and interpretation. The first section deals with spatial archaeology and settlement patterns, all the papers based on the fieldwork by A. Zertal in Samaria, A. Ofer in Judah, G. Lehmann in the Akko Plain, and S. Gibson in various areas in the hill country of Israel. The ...

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Overview

Thirteen essays on the Iron Age in Israel and Jordan, covering settlement patterns, iconography, cult, palaeography and the archaeology of certain key sites. This volume offers an exceptionally informed update in a fast-moving area of discovery and interpretation. The first section deals with spatial archaeology and settlement patterns, all the papers based on the fieldwork by A. Zertal in Samaria, A. Ofer in Judah, G. Lehmann in the Akko Plain, and S. Gibson in various areas in the hill country of Israel. The second section covers religion and iconography. The two single Iron Age temples known today in Israel, at Dan and Arad, are discussed by A. Biran and Z. Herzog. R. Kletter and K. Prag discuss clay figurines and other cult objects; T. Ornan identifies Ishtar on a number of seals and on a silver pendant; and N. Franklin examines the iconography and meaning of the wall relief in Room V at Sargon's palace in Khorsabad. The last section includes three studies related to specific sites. M. Steiner considers urban development in Jerusalem during Iron Age II; A. Mazar presents data from Iron Age II Beth Shean, and P. Bienkowski and L. Sedman discuss finds from Buseirah, the capital of Edom.

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Amihai Mazar is Professor of Archaeology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Abbreviations 9
List of Contributors 11
Pt. I Settlement Patterns and Landscape Archaeology
1 The Monarchic Period in the Judaean Highland: A Spatial Overview 14
2 The Heart of the Monarchy: Pattern of Settlement and Historical Considerations of the Israelite Kingdom of Samaria 38
3 Phoenicians in Western Galilee: First Results on an Archaeological Survey in the Hinterland of Akko 65
4 Agricultural Terraces and Settlement Expansion in the Highlands of Early Iron Age Palestine: Is There Any Correlation between the Two? 113
Pt. II Temples, Cult and Iconography
5 The High Places of Biblical Dan 148
6 The Date of the Temple at Arad: Reassessment of the Stratigraphy and the Implications for the History of Religion in Judah 156
7 Between Archaeology and Theology: The Pillar Figurines from Judah and the Asherah 179
8 Figurines, Figures and Contexts in Jerusalem and Regions to the East in the Seventh and Sixth Centuries BCE 217
9 Istar as Depicted on Finds from Israel 235
10 A Room with a View: Images from Room V at Khorsabad, Samaria, Nubians, the Brook of Egypt and Ashdod 257
Pt. III Aspects of Material Culture
11 Jerusalem in the Tenth and Seventh Centuries BCE: From Administrative Town to Commercial City 280
12 Beth Shean during Iron Age II: Stratigraphy, Chronology and Hebrew Ostraca 289
13 Busayra and Judah: Stylistic Parallels in the Material Culture 310
Index of Authors 326
Index of Place Names 333
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