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The Glass From Khirbet Qumran: What Does It Tell Us About The Qumran Community?

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This chapter is based on one of the chapters of the author's doctoral dissertation. The aim of the dissertation was to analyse Khirbet Qumran in its archaeological context, taking into consideration all of the site's material cultures, while also assigning a probable stratigraphic context to all the finds in these various assemblages. The chapter analyses how the Qumran glass assemblage fits within the glass repertoire of Palestine during the late 2nd century BCE, the 1st century BCE, and the 1st century CE. In addition, since the categorisation of the glass according to its period-of- use would be very beneficial, an attempt was made at attributing a stratigraphic context (and consequently, a probable date-of-use) to the various glass vessels from Qumran. It briefly presents the major types of glass vessels that were in circulation in Palestine during the aforementioned period, based on a survey of circa 80-100 sites.

Keywords: glass vessels; Khirbet Qumran; Palestine



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