The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: C. 8000-332 BCE

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: C. 8000-332 BCE

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Edited by Margreet L. Steiner, Edited by Ann E. Killebrew

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 912 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 246mm x 48mm | 3,440g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019921297X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199212972
  • Illustrations note: 227 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 317,322

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This Handbook aims to serve as a research guide to the archaeology of the Levant, an area situated at the crossroads of the ancient world that linked the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. The Levant as used here is a historical geographical term referring to a large area which today comprises the modern states of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, western Syria, and Cyprus, as well as the West Bank, Gaza, and the Sinai. Unique in its treatment of the entire region, it offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the current state of the archaeology of the Levant within its larger cultural, historical, and socio-economic contexts. The Handbook also attempts to bridge the modern scholarly and political divide between archaeologists working in this highly contested region. Written by leading international scholars in the field, it focuses chronologically on the Neolithic through Persian periods - a time span during which the Levant was often in close contact with the imperial powers of Egypt, Anatolia, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. This volume will serve as an invaluable reference work for those interested in a contextualised archaeological account of this region, beginning with the tenth millennium BCE 'agricultural revolution', until the conquest of Alexander the Great that marked the end of the Persian period.

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Ann E. Killebrew is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies program at the Pennsylvania State University. She has directed or participated in dozens of excavations in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt during the past thirty-five years. Currently she co-directs the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project in Israel. She is author of numerous publications relating to archaeology of the Levant, including the award-winning book, Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanite, Philistines, and Early Israel 1300 - 1100 B.C.E. (2005).

Table of contents

LIST OF FIGURES ; Introduction ; SECTION 1: ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE LEVANT: BACKGROUND AND DEFINITIONS ; 1. Historical geography of the ancient Levant ; 2. Peoples and languages of the Levant during the Bronze and Iron Ages ; 3. History of research ; 4. Levantine chronology ; SECTION 2: THE LEVANT AS THE CROSSROADS BETWEEN EMPIRES: EGYPT, ANATOLIA, MESOPOTAMIA, AND PERSIA ; 5. Egypt and the Levant ; 6. Anatolia (Hittites) and the Levant ; 7. Mesopotamia (Assyrians and Babylonians) and the Levant ; 8. Achaemenid Persia and the Levant ; SECTION 3: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD ; SUBSECTION 1: THE NEOLITHIC PERIOD ; 9. Introduction to the Levant during the Neolithic Period ; 10. The northern Levant during the Neolithic period: Damascus and Beyond: Neolithic settlement dynamics in Syria and Lebanon ; 11. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Neolithic period ; 12. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Neolithic period ; 13. Cyprus during the Neolithic period ; SUBSECTION 2: THE CHALCOLITHIC PERIOD ; 14. Introduction to the Levant during the Chalcolithic Period: Regional Perspectives ; 15. The northern Levant during the Chalcolithic period: The Lebanese-Syrian Coast ; 16. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Chalcolithic period ; 17. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Chalcolithic period: Jordan (c. 4500-3500 BC) ; 18. Cyprus during the Chalcolithic period ; SUBSECTION 3: THE EARLY AND INTERNEDIATE BRONZE AGES ; 19. Introduction to the Levant during the Early Bronze Age ; 20. The northern Levant (Syria) during the Early Bronze Age ; 21. The northern Levant (Lebanon) during the Early Bronze Age ; 22. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Early Bronze Age ; 23. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Early Bronze Age ; 24. Cyprus during the Early Bronze Age ; 25. The northern Levant during the Intermediate Bronze Age: Altered trajectories ; 26. The southern Levant during the Intermediate Bronze Age ; SUBSECTION 4: THE MIDDLE BRONZE AGE ; 27. Introduction to the Levant during the Middle Bronze Age ; 28. The northern Levant (Syria) during the Middle Bronze Age ; 29. The northern Levant (Lebanon) during the Middle Bronze Age ; 30. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Middle Bronze Age ; 31. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Middle Bronze Age ; 32. Cyprus during the Middle Bronze Age ; SUBSECTION 5: THE LATE BRONZE AGE ; 33. Introduction to the Levant during Late Bronze Age ; 34. The northern Levant (Syria) during the Late Bronze Age: Small kingdoms between the supra-regional empires of the international age ; 35. The northern Levant (Lebanon) during the Late Bronze Age ; 36. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Late Bronze Age ; 37. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Late Bronze Age ; 38. Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age ; SUBSECTION 6: THE IRON AGE I PERIOD ; 39. Introduction to the Levant during the Transitional Late Bronze Age/Iron Age I and Iron Age I periods ; 40. The northern Levant during the Iron Age I period ; 41. The southern Levant (Cisjordan) during the Iron Age I period ; 42. The southern Levant (Transjordan) during the Iron Age I period ; 43. Cyprus during the Iron Age I period (Late Cypriot IIC IIIA): Settlement Pattern crisis (LC IIC IIIA) to the restructuring (LC IIIB) of its settlement pattern ; SUBSECTION 7: THE IRON AGE II PERIOD ; 44. Introduction to the Levant during the Iron Age II period ; 45. The Aramean states during the Iron Age II-III periods ; 46. Phoenicia during the Iron Age II period ; 47. Philistia during the Iron Age II period ; 48. Israel during the Iron Age II period ; 49. Judah during the Iron Age II period ; 50. Ammon during the Iron Age II period ; 51. Moab during the Iron Age II period ; 52. Edom during the Iron Age II period ; 53. Cyprus during the Iron Age through the Persian period: From the eleventh century BC to the abolition of the city-kingdoms (c. 300 BC) ; 54. The Levant during the Babylonian period ; 55. The Levant during the Persian period ; INDEX