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Chapter Ten: One of the Latest Chalcolithic sites of the Jordan Valley? Fazael 2: Preliminary Report of the 2007–2008 Excavation Seasons

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The two seasons of excavations at Fazael 2 were conducted during February-May 2007 and February 2008. The site is situated along the edge of the Jordan Valley in Wadi Fazael, and extends west from the Fazael settlement along both sides of the old road to Ma'ale Ephraim. The excavation focused on a building whose northeastern part was damaged by modern earthmoving activity. Three strata were discovered: two early strata from the Chalcolithic period, and one upper layer that were not dated. During the excavation and afterwards, 8,545 pottery sherds of at least 4 cm2 were gathered and counted, mostly from Stratum 2. The indicative show that the most common types of vessels were bowls and basins, followed by hole mouth jars, and jars. Twenty-eight stone objects were found that were found in, and ascribed to, Stratum 2, except for one that was recovered from Stratum 3.

Keywords: Chalcolithic period; early strata; Fazael 2; JordanValley; pottery sherds; stone objects; vessels



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