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Historiography And Settlement Debate

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The discussion of the identity markers is of twofold importance for the role of textual arguments in today's settlement debate. On one hand, the effort to interpret the artefactual evidence on its own terms clearly resulted in better explanations. But on the other hand the discussion shows that the concepts used to explain the material remains, are still full of textual dilemmas: 1. the explanatory models presuppose textual images and 2. the artefactual explanation of several aspects of the Iron I material culture calls for a dialogue with text. Both observations are worth considering. But by doing this, questions emerge. Similar remarks can be made with regard to the use of social theory in the reconstruction of the history of the Iron Age in the Southern Levant. The analysis shows that there has been great progress in research by treating the artefactual data as a pursuit in its own right.

Keywords: artefactual evidence; historiography; Iron I material culture; Iron Age; settlement debate; social theory; Southern Levant

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