Tel Beth-Shean - Publications and Bibliography

The University of Pennsylvania Museum Excavations (main publications only)

FitzGerald, G.M. 1930. The Four Canaanite Temples of Beth-shan, The Pottery, Beth Shan II:2. Philadelphia.

Rowe, A. 1930. The Topography and History of Beth-shan, Beth-shan I. Philadelphia.

FitzGerald, G.M. 1931. Beth-shan Excavations 1921-23, The Arab and Byzantine Levels, Beth-shan III.

Rowe, A. 1940. The Four Canaanite Temples of Beth-shan, Beth-Shan II:1. Philadelphia.

James, F.W. 1966. The Iron Age at Beth Shean. Philadelphia.

Thompson, T.O. 1970. Mekal, the God of Bet Shean. Leiden.

Oren, E.D. 1973. The Northern Cemetery of Beth-Shean. Leiden.

McGovern, P.E. 1985. Late Bronze Palestinian Pendants. Sheffield.

James, F.W and McGovern, P.E. 1993 The Late Bronze Egyptian Garrison at Beth Shan: A Study of Levels VII and VIII. Vol. I-II. Philadelphia.



The Hebrew University Excavations Directed by Y. and S.Geva

Y.Yadin,Y. and Geva,S. 1986 Investigations At Beth Shean, The Early Iron Age Strata (Qedem 23). Jerusalem.

Garfinkel, Y. 1987.The Early Iron Age Stratigraphy of Beth-Shean Reconsidered. IEJ 37:224-228


The Hebrew University Excavations Directed by A.Mazar

Final reports:

Mazar, A. 2006. Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, 1989-1996. Volume I: From the New Kingdom to the Medieval Period. Jerusalem.

Mazar, A. and Mullins, R. (editors), 2007. Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989 -1996, Volume II: The Middle and Late Bronze Age Strata in Area R. Jerusalem.

Panitz-Cohen, N. and Mazar, A. 2009. (editors), Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989 -1996,Volume III: The 13th–11th Centuries BCE (Areas S and N). Jerusalem.

Mazar , Amihai (editor) , Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, Volume IV: The Fourth and Third Millennia BCE. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University and the Israel Exploration Society , Jerusalem 2012


Papers (arranged by authors in alphabetical order)

Cohen-Weinberger, A. 1988. Petrographic Analysis of the Egyptian Forms from Stratum VI at Tel Beth Shean. pp. 406-412 in S.Gitin, A.Mazar, E.Stern (editors), Mediterranean Peoples in Transition: Thirteenth to Early Tenth Centuries BCE. Jerusalem.

Finkelstein, I., 1996 The Stratigraphy and Chronology of Megiddo and Beth-shan in the 12th-11th Centuries B.C.E. Tel Aviv 23: 170-184.

Goldwasser, O. 2004. A 'Kirgipa' Commemorative Scarab of Amenhotep III from Beit-Shean. Egypt and the Levant XII: 191-193.

Horowitz, W. 1994. Trouble in Canaan: A Letter of the el-Amarna Period on a Clay Cylinder from Beth Shean. Qadmoniot 27: 84-86 (in Hebrew).

Horowitz, W. 1996. An Inscribed Clay Cylinder from Amarna Age Beth Shean. Israel Exploration Journal 46: 208-218.

Maeir, A., 1997. The Material Culture of the Central Jordan Valley During the Middle Bronze II Period: Pottery and Settlement Pattern. Unpublished Ph.D Dissertation, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University.

Mazar, A. 1993. Excavations at Tel Beth Shean in 1989-1990. pp. 606-619 in A. Biran and J. Aviram (editors), Biblical Archaeology Today 1990, Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem.

Mazar, A. 1993. Beth Shean in the Iron Age: Preliminary Report and Conclusions of the 1990-1991 Excavations. Israel Exploration Journal 43: 201-229.

Mazar, A. 1993. Beth Shean, Tel. pp. 214-223 in: Stern, E., The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land (revised edition), New York

Mazar, A., 1997. The Excavations at Beth Shean during the Years 1989-94. pp. 144-164 in: N.A. Silberman & D. Small (editors), The Archaeology of Israel (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 237), Sheffield.

Mazar, A. 1997. Beth-Shean. Pp. 305-309 in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East , Vol. 1(editor: E. M. Meyers). New York.

Mazar, A. 1997. Four Thousand Years of History at Tel Beth Shean: An Account of the Renewed Excavations. Biblical Archaeologist 60: 62-76.

Mazar, A. 2001. Beth Shean during the Iron Age II: Stratigraphy, Chronology and Hebrew Ostraca. Pp. 289-309 in A. Mazar (editor), Studies in the Archaeology of the Iron Age in Israel and Jordan (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series No. 331). Sheffield.

Mazar, A. 2003. Beth Shean in the Second Millennium B.C.E.: From Canaanite Town to Egyptian Stronghold. Pp. 323-340 in: M. Bietak (editor), The Synchronisation of Civilization in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C. II: Proceedings of the SCIEM 2000 – EuroConference, Haindorff, 2nd of May–7th of May 2001. Vienna.

Mazar, A. 2003. Beth Shean, Tel- (update) in: Stern, E., The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land Volume V, Jerusalem, pp. 1616-1622.

Mazar, A. 2006. Tel Beth-Shean and the Fate of Mounds in the Intermediate Bronze Age. Pp. 105-118 in: S. Gitin, J.E. Wright, and J.P. Dessel (editors), Confronting the Past: Archaeological and Historical Essays on Ancient Israel in Honor of William G. Dever. Winona Lake.

Mazar, A. 2007. Myc IIIC in the Land of Israel: Its Distribution, Date and Significance. Pp. 571-583 in: M. Bietak and E. Czerny, (editors), The Synchronisation of Civilisations in theEastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C.I II: Proceedings of the SCIEM 2000 – 2nd EuroConference. Vienna.

Mazar, A. 2008. Beth Shean, Tel. Pp. 1616-1622 in: Stern, E., The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, Volume V, Jerusalem.

Mazar, A. 2010. Tel Beth-Shean: History and Archaeology. Pp. 239-271 in: One God - One Cult - One Nation. Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives, ed. by R.G. Kratz and H.Spieckermann in collab. with B. Corzilius and T. Pilger, BZAW 405, Berlin/NewYork.

Mazar, A. and Carmi, I. 2001. Radiocarbon Dates from Iron Age Strata at Tel Beth Shean and Tel Rehov. Radiocarbon 43/3: 1333-1342.

Mazar A. and Rotem Y. 2009. Tel Beth Shean During the EB IB Period: Evidence for Social Complexity in the Late 4th Millennium BC, Levant 41/2: 131-153.

Mazar, A. Ziv-Esudri, A. and Cohen-Weinberger, 2000. A. The Early Bronze II-III at Tel Beth Shean: Preliminary Observations. Pp. 255-278 in: G. Philip and D. Baird (editors), Ceramics and Change in the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant, (Levantine Archaeology 2). Sheffield.

Mullins, R. 2002. Beth Shean During the Eighteenth Dynasty: From Canaanite Settlement to Egyptian Garrison. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation submitted to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Jerusalem.

Sweeney, D. 1998. The Man on the Folding Chair. An Egyptian Relief from Beit Shean, Israel Exploration Journal 48: 38–53.

Wimmer, S. 1993. Ein Ächtungstext aus Israel/Palästina, Pp. 571–578 in VI congresso internazionale di Egittologia. Atti II. Torino.

Wimmer, S. 1994. “Der Bogen der Anat” in Bet-Schean? Biblische Notizen 73: 36–41.

Mazar, A. The Egyptian Garrison Town at Beth Shean. Pp. 155-189 in: S.Bar, D.Kahn and JJ Shirley (editors) Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature: Proceedings of a Conference at the University of Haifa, 3-7 May 2009. Leiden, Brill 2011.

In Press:

Sherratt, S. and Mazar, A. 2005. Mycenaean IIIC and Related Pottery from Beth Shean. In: A. E. Killebrew, G. Lehman and M. Artzy (editors), The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology. Leiden.

A. Mazar. Contributions to the Study of Early Bronze Age Public Architecture: Tel Beth Shean and Tel Rehov. In: J. Margueron, P. de Miroschedji and J. P. Thalaman (eds.), 3 ICAANE Proceedings. Winona Lake.

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