Tel Beth-Shemesh: A Border Community in Judah : Renewed Excavations 1990–2000: The Iron Age

Shlomo Bunimovitz, Tzvi Lederman

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"Located at the geographical meeting point of three cultural entities: Canaanites, Philistines and Israelites, Tel Beith-Shemesh is an ideal site for inverstigating geopolitical, social and cultural dynamics at a border zone. Applying the interpretive methods of anthropology and archaeology of borders, the renewed excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh, initiated by Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman in 1990, provide novel insights, "a view from the border", about major topics in the Iron age archaeology of the southern Levant. They also allow comprehensive reevaluation of the two early excavation cycles at the site conducted by Duncan Mackenzie (1911-1912) and Elihu Grant (1928-1933). The results of the first decade of the renewed excavations are presented contextually under four main themes: the Iron I peasant community on the Philistine border; the Iron IIA transformation of the site into a state administrative center characterized by monumental architectural enterprises; the Iron IIB olive oil producing town; and a previously unknown short and unsuccesful attempt to resettle the site in the twilight of Assyrian domination in the southern Levant"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWinona Lake, IN
PublisherEisenbrauns; Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology
Number of pages774
ISBN (Electronic)9781575064536
ISBN (Print)9781575064529
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMonograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University


  • Excavations (Archaeology)--Israel--Bet-Shemesh (Extinct city)

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- Israel -- Shephelah
  • Iron age -- Eretz Israel
  • Material culture -- Eretz Israel -- History
  • Bet-Shemesh (Extinct city) (Israel)
  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities, Biblical
  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities, Byzantine
  • Tel Beth-Shemesh (Israel)
  • Áin Shems (Israel)
  • Beth-Shemesh (Extinct city)
  • Ir-Shemesh (Extinct city)
  • Tel Beit-Shemesh (Israel)
  • Bet-Shemesh (Extinct city)
  • Tell Beth-Shemesh (Israel)
  • Rumeila (Israel)
  • Abu-Mizar Site (Israel)
  • Maqam Abu-Mizar (Israel)
  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities -- Biblical period, 1200-586 B.C


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