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Household Gleanings From Iron I Tel Dan

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The excavations conducted by Avraham Biran at Tel Dan between 1966 and 1999 exposed extensive Early Iron Age levels with a total expanse of circa 1200 m2, making it one of the largest exposures from this period in the southern Levant. This chapter summarizes some of the results of this analysis, particularly those conclusions that impact on the subjects of family organization, economic behavior, and political structure at Early Iron Age Tel Dan. Each of the Iron I strata (VI, V, IVB) shows a general homogeneity in architecture and material culture, though there are some processual differences. The chapter focuses on how spatial relationships and material culture distributions change over time, since these may reflect social, economic, and political change. It suggests some ways in which the ceramic assemblage reflects trends in household behavior and organization.

Keywords: household gleanings; Iron I strata; socioeconomic organization; southern Levant



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