Social Stratification in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages: An Intra‐Site Investigation at Megiddo

Lidar Sapir-Hen, Aharon Sasson, Assaf Kleiman, Israel Finkelstein

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Abstract

The article presents an intra-site investigation of the Strata VIIA and VIA faunal remains at Megiddo, Israel, which date to the LB III and late Iron I respectively. We examined social disparity between the populations of two areas of the city. Our finds indicate a difference in social status and division of labour: a dichotomy between producer-consumers and consumers, who most probably interacted. Viewed in light of other types of remains at Megiddo, these findings reveal that the inhabitants of one sector engaged in agriculture and cottage industries, while the people in the other part of the city, close to the palace, were more affluent - related to the local ruler and administrators. Our study demonstrates the potential in intra-site investigation at large, multi-period sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-73
Number of pages27
JournalOxford Journal of Archaeology
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

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