Iron IIA pottery from the Negev Highlands: Petrographic investigation and historical implications

Mario A.S. Martin, Israel Finkelstein

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Abstract

The article reports the results of a petrographic investigation of pottery from early Iron IIA settlements in the Negev Highlands. A substantial percentage of the vessels studied, most notably slag-tempered ware, originated in the copper districts of the Wadi Arabah. This provides us, for the first time, with conclusive proof of the profound connection between the Negev Highlands and the Arabah copper extraction system, which was operated by tribal desert groups. The data demonstrate that the subsistence economy of the Negev Highlands sites was supplemented by the participation of at least some of the local inhabitants in this enterprise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-45
Number of pages40
JournalTel Aviv
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Funding

FundersFunder number
Seventh Framework Programme229418
Seventh Framework Programme

    Keywords

    • Iron IIA
    • Negebite pottery
    • Negev Highlands
    • Slagtempered pottery
    • Wadi Arabah

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