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Chapter Three: History of Archaeological Research of the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze I Periods in the Study Area

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A fundamental change occurred with the start of the Manasseh Hill Country Survey in the Jordan Valley in the 1980s. This survey constitutes a cornerstone of accumulated archaeological knowledge of the whole region. This chapter discusses the history of the research of the Chalcolithic period and Early Bronze Age I (EB I). It focuses on the two most common methods of research - survey and excavation. The first survey performed in the western Jordan Valley was conducted by Glueck in the 1940s, and was partial and not systematic. Glueck identified the EB I sites at Tel Miski and in the vicinity of Tell Sheikh Diab. Another survey was conducted in the region of Ephraim. The eastern part of the survey extended into the desert fringes of Samaria, where four Chalcolithic and EB I sites were discovered, among them the Chalcolithic site on the Wadi Ahmar terrace.

Keywords: Chalcolithic period; desert fringes; Early Bronze Age I; Ephraim; Samaria; southern Jordan Valley; Wadi Ahmar terrace



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