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The socioeconomic implications of grain storage in Early Iron Age Canaan: The case of Tel Dan

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The way people store their yields in traditional agricultural societies can be an important indicator of social and economic organization. This chapter starts with Israel Finkelstein's discussion of pits and grain storage in his classic work The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement. Iron Age I remains were found in all excavation areas at Tel Dan. The pits of Iron Age I Tel Dan-their construction, distribution, and their contents-allow us to arrive at a number of historical and socioeconomic inferences. The great majority of pits at Tel Dan are cylinder shaped while a very few are beehive shaped; sometimes, when the top has been lopped off, it is hard to know which is which. Many pits contain almost nothing aside from fill, and some of that comes from the penetrated earlier layers.

Keywords: grain storage; Iron Age I; Israel; pits; Tel Dan



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