The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology announces the publication of two new final excavation reports:
Rachel Ben-Dov’s Dan III - Avraham Biran Excavations 1966-1999: The Late Bronze Age:
Rachel Ben-Dov's discusses the Late Bronze Age (1500-1200 BCE) remains at the crucial site of Tel Dan, excavated by Avraham Biran from 1966 to 1999. The Late Bronze Age was a period when Egypt ruled Canaan, but Hazor, nominally a vassal kingdom, was the dominant power in the north. This is the time of the famous El Amarna Letters and great Egyptian kings such as Thutmose III and Ramses II. Ben-Dov presents the architecture, metallurgy, and small finds of Tel Dan from this period, depicting a prosperous town that imported prestige items from Egypt and the Aegean and maintained commercial relations with Canaanite polities to the west, north and south.
Annual of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology Hebrew Union College, IX. Jerusalem: 2011. ISBN: 978-0-87820-309-3. 1 volume. Pp. 393. 224 figures, 4 color plates, 13 tables, 1 appendix. $75.00 + postage. (1.61 kg. = 3.55 lbs.)
Yifat Thareani’s Tel cAroer: The Iron Age Caravan Town and the Hellenistic-Early Roman Settlement – The Avraham Biran (1975-1982) and Rudolf Cohen (1975-1976) Excavations:
Tel Aroer is an archaeological site in the Negev, located not far from Dimona. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, under the direction of Avraham Biran, uncovered remains from the Iron Age and Roman periods. The Iron Age settlement is mentioned in the Bible (Josh. 15:21-32; I Sam. 30:26-28) and its rich corpus of finds include objects from Edom, Judah, Arabia and Assyria. Tel Aroer was a trade emporium on the caravan route that connected the land of Edom with the Mediterranean Sea and Judah with its desert frontier. For at least part of its existence it was under Assyrian control but under Judahite administration. Yifat Thareani has collected and made sense of a rich corpus of material culture which has lead her to intriguing conclusions about the multiethnic composition of Aroer's residents and the nature of Assyrian hegemony on its southern frontier in the later part of the Iron Age. Itamar Taxel has published a smaller assemblage of material from the Roman period which reflects Jewish-Nabatean interaction at the edges of Judea.
Annual of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology Hebrew Union College, VIII. Jerusalem: 2011. ISBN: 978-0-87820-310-9. 2 volumes (text and plates). Pp. xxvi + 470; 324 figures, 12 color plates, 74 tables, 4 graphs, 5 appendices, 1 CD. $95.00 + postage. (2.88 kg. = 6.35 lbs.)