Israel Exploration Society

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean

Volume iv

The FOURTH AND THIRD MILLENNIA bce

AMIHAI MAZAR (EDITOR)

Cover of Beit Shan Vol. IV

This volume is the fourth and final in the series of final reports on the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project, directed by Amihai Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem between the years 1989-1996. The volume presents the results of the excavations at Tel Beth-Shean from the Early Bronze Age and the Intermediate Bronze Age. A substantial EBIB building in Area M was violently destroyed and rebuilt shortly afterwards. Its plan and rich finds have implications on our understanding of social and economic aspects of this formative period. After a gap in Early Bronze II, the Early Bronze III is represented by a series of occupation phases, most of them accompanied by a large amount of Khirbet Kerak Ware, confirming that Beth-Shean was the southernmost settlement site of the 'Khirbet Kerak people'. After a possible occupation gap, an ephemeral Intermediate Bronze Age settlement existed for a short time on top of the abandoned Early Bronze Age city.

438 pages, 92 line drawings, 49 pottery plates, 194 photographs
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