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A re-analysis of the archaeological evidence for the beginning of the Iron Age I

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This chapter examines the chronology of the highlands through concurrence of different pottery types, and concludes that the beginning of Iron Age I should, in fact, be dated earlier than commonly accepted. It presents a list of sites in which finds attributed to the Late Bronze were found in Iron Age I contexts, lacking stratigraphic or architectural associations. Mount Ebal is one of the most outstanding Iron Age I sites. In the Iron Age I assemblages from various areas, locally manufactured Late Bronze pottery, Mycenaean and Cypriot vessels, and scarab seals attributed to Ramesses II were found. A refuse pit unearthed during the 1980 excavations at Tel Sasa, in the Upper Galilee, contained animal bones and Iron Age I sherds. Tell Qiri shows that the presence of imports dating to the 14th century BCE in Iron Age I loci is not an anomaly.

Keywords: Cypriot vessels; Iron Age I; Late Bronze; Mount Ebal; Mycenaean vessels; Tel Sasa; Tell Qiri



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