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Chapter Eleven: The Excavations at Fazael 7 – One of the Largest Dwelling Complexes from the Chalcolithic Period in the Southern Levant

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In February 2009, an excavation was conducted at Fazael 7, a Chalcolithic site located in the Jordan Valley, about 20 km north of Jericho. The site was selected for excavation within the framework of a regional study dealing with a large group of Chalcolithic and Early Bronze I (EB I) sites located in the Wadi Fazael flood plain. The 2009 excavation season focused on the southern part of the broad house. Two trial squares were also opened in the corner of the large square courtyard and in the north-western corner of the broad house. This was with intention of understanding the architecture and stratigraphy of the broad house and the outline of the large courtyard adjacent to it. A single stratum dating to the Chalcolithic period was identified throughout the excavation. Habitation levels in the building were only found in Square L10, about 1.5 m below the surface level.

Keywords: 2009 excavation season; broad house; Chalcolithic site; courtyard; Fazael 7; Habitation levels; Jordan Valley



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