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Chapter Fourteen: General Conclusions

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This chapter presents an analysis of the settlement patterns in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age I (EB I) periods in the southern Jordan Valley and the desert fringes of Samaria. It reviews the data from 102 survey sites, and analyzes those of 30 new sites. Five sites were excavated in order to answer specific questions concerning this subject. The chapter summarizes the surveys and excavation data to give a general picture of the settlement pattern, according to trends and key processes. It identifies a sequence of several sites from earlier periods. Four types of sites were discovered in the Chalcolithic period: the most common was the settlement site-27 sites. Open sites, work sites and enclosures were uncommon. Cave sites, and burial sites were absent from the sites with a medium or higher level of probability in the Chalcolithic.

Keywords: Chalcolithic period; desert fringes; early Bronze Age I; Jordan Valley; Samaria; settlement patterns



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