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Chapter 3. Archaeological Evidence of Sacred Feasts at Tel Dan

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Tel Dan undoubtedly boasts some of the most impressive cultic remains in the southern Levant in the Iron II period. Though the final reports for the Iron Age strata are still forthcoming, preliminary publications of the excavations carried out in Area T from 1968-1993 under the direction of Avraham Biran describe a large sacred precinct dating to the Iron Age II with temple-like architecture. In the earliest phase, the excavators suggest that storehouses stood in the courtyard, but in later phases these were apparently covered by a thick yellow travertine floor resulting in an open courtyard. Area T shows signs of activity from at least the Iron I through the Hellenistic and Roman periods with intense activity in the Iron II period. This chapter presents a faunal analysis, ceramic analysis, and artifactual analysis to provide archaeological evidence of sacred feasts at Tel Dan.

Keywords: Avraham Biran; Hellenistic period; Iron II period; Roman period; southern Levant; Tel Dan



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