Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond (Culture by Assaf Yasur-Landau, Jennie R. Ebeling, Laura B. Mazow

By Assaf Yasur-Landau, Jennie R. Ebeling, Laura B. Mazow

Regardless of the massive variety of well-preserved family contexts in Bronze and Iron Age websites, family archaeology has now not been a typical method of learning the fabric tradition of historic Israel. till lately, the dictates of “Biblical Archaeology” ended in a slim set of questions that missed matters equivalent to gender, prestige and creation in the loved ones. the current quantity, which grew out of a consultation on the 2008 Annual assembly of the yankee faculties of Oriental study, makes an attempt to redress this factor. The seventeen papers herein replicate leading edge viewpoints at the idea and praxis of family archaeology during this area. your next step in loved ones examine is gifted the following, with using tailored info assortment concepts designed to respond to particular questions posed by way of loved ones archaeology.

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To reduce this bias, the handpicked sample is used to derive zooarchaeological information pertaining only to larger mammals: sheep, goats, pigs, cows, and larger game animals, the bones of which are more massive and likelier to be picked up by excavators. Wet sieving was carried out using a 1 mm aperture mesh. The buckets for wet sieving contained sediments from which no bone material was extracted by the excavators. Following sieving and drying, the sieved fraction was sorted to isolate micromammal, fish, and mammal bones.

2006) identified a feature characterized by a series of laminated white and black sediments that they interpreted as the remains of threshing floors. Overall, the reconstructed scenario that emerged from these analyses was that cooking, storage, crafts, and ritual were conducted inside the house while flint knapping and threshing were conducted outside the house. Recently, however, the suggestion of Gadot et al. (2006) regarding the threshing floor remains was tested using geoarchaeological methods (Shahack-Gross et al.

A meticulous study of all aspects of material culture can illuminate issues of mundane life and daily activities of the urban commoners of Hazor. A better understanding of these facets of the city’s life will enable us to tackle questions concerning the larger processes of development and decline affecting the site. Here we would like to highlight one relevant example of such a process—the gradual economic decline, leading to a situation of political and social strife, witnessed in Canaan during the Late Bronze Age.

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