The Origin and Date of the Volute Capitals from the Levant

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The Iron Age volute capitals (the so-called “Proto-Aeolic” or “Proto-Ionian” capitals) are among the most impressive and special finds discovered in archaeological excavations in Israel and Jordan.¹ The size of the capitals, their weight, the quality of their carving, and their impressive design provide an indication of their function in the gates and palaces of the ancient kingdoms of Israel, Judah, Moab, and Ammon. I dedicate this paper to my teacher and colleague, Prof. David Ussishkin, who wrote one of his shortest papers on the question of the location of two of the capitals discovered at Megiddo (Ussishkin 1970). I
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fire Signals of Lachish
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin
EditorsIsrael Finkelstein, Nadav Naʾaman
Place of PublicationWinona Lake, Ind.
PublisherEisenbrauns Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781575062051
StatePublished - 2011

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Architecture -- Eretz Israel
  • Castles -- Eretz Israel
  • Gates
  • Palaces -- Eretz Israel


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