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“The Kingdom Is His Brick Mould And The Dynasty Is His Wall”: The Impact Of Urbanization On Middle Bronze Age Households In The Southern Levant

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This chapter examines cases for other, lesser-known impacts of the emerging and early polities on household units, including the competition for land that occurred during the process of urbanization and the transformation of a site into a city. An examination of the archaeological evidence from below the ramparts and next to the fortification walls of the MB towns exposes an intriguing picture of coercion and resistance; the rulers' wishes to implement their ideas of order on the sites they dominated by creating a landscape of rulership, consisting of fortifications, palaces, and monumental temples, brought them into a collision course with the household units. At Megiddo, the considerable height of the Early Bronze Age tell hindered any possibility for a considerable enlargement of the site's area to accommodate both the building of the MBI fortifications and the natural development of domestic areas.

Keywords: Bronze Age Households; MBI fortifications; urbanization



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