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The Iron age of Northern Jordan

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Although most of the people mentioned in the Book of Joshua belonged to the Cisjordanian area, there were some tribes which represented Transjordan. Scholars are nowadays in any event very much aware of difficulty of combining the archaeological results from transition period between the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age with the' 'history" told in the Book of Joshua and in the Book of Judges. This chapter describes how a small Scandinavian expedition in northern Jordan was lucky enough to find some remains of the period mentioned above, and, further, how they were stratigraphically able to investigate how the Transjordanian people of this time managed to start a settlement upon Late Bronze Age ruins. They not only used the fortifications of this past period, but also, in the following Iron I A-period, were able to enlarge their settlement by building new walls combined with an elaborate gate system and citadel.

Keywords: archaeological results; book of Joshua; book of Judges; Cisjordanian area; Iron Age; Jordan; Late Bronze Age; Transjordan



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