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The western Jordan Valley and the desert fringes of Samaria are an ideal area for research. This semi-arid region has been sparsely inhabited from the Middle Bronze Age II (MB II) period until modern times, and the absence of urban processes and development helped to protect ancient sites from destruction. The geo-political situation in this region during the last 200 years, and the remoteness from centres of population, resulted in an almost complete lack of research, and this area of 750 km2 was one of the most neglected regions in the archaeology of modern Israel/Palestine. This changed when the Manasseh Hill Country Survey started its long endeavour in this area 30 years ago, and since then the knowledge of the archaeology and history of large parts of Samaria and the Jordan Valley has developed.

Keywords: Middle Bronze Age II; Samaria; western Jordan Valley



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