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Levantine standardized luxury in the late Bronze Age: Waste management at Tell Atchana (Alalakh)

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The vast majority of these Late Bronze Age restrooms were excavated by Woolley during the 1930s and 1940s, and he provided short descriptions of them, as well as related general plans (including some photos) in his final excavation report. The number of well-preserved bathrooms and restrooms at Tell Atchana is extraordinary in comparison to that found at any other Middle or Late Bronze Age Levantine site. At Alalakh Levels VI-I there was a single standard for bathrooms and restrooms, which was used ubiquitously: in palaces, temples, and in upscale private houses. During the 2003 season, the Oriental Institute Expedition excavated a plastered room (03-2092) that resembles in many ways the restrooms excavated by Woolley. The plastered floor (03-2109) of Room 03-2092 is mostly preserved in the southwestern part of the room, but there are indications that it covered the entire room.

Keywords: Alalakh; Late Bronze Age; Levantine site; Oriental Institute Expedition; plastered floor; Tell Atchana; Woolley



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