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Chapter One: General Introduction

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Chapter Summary

This introduction provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in the book, which proposes characteristics and new ideas to aid researchers in formulating a firmly based view with regard to the time and the study region. The book examines the settlement pattern and its characteristics from standpoints of both chronology and geography. It discusses a survey in the field over an extensive area in the western Jordan Valley and desert fringes of Samaria. This area has rarely been investigated in the past, giving an opportunity to introduce a new, wide-reaching, and so far unknown collection of data. The book emphasizes the importance of the region and from this, makes possible inferences about processes, and draws conclusions about the entire southern Levant. The survey and excavations produced data that supplemented each other, allowing to analyze a variety of components related to the structure of the society and its economy.

Keywords: Samaria; settlement pattern; southern Levant; western Jordan Valley



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