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New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan

Edited By Thomas E. Levy, Mohammad Najjar, and Erez Ben-Yosef
New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan

ISBN: 978-1-931745-99-4

Publication Date: 2014

Series:MA 35

Price: $169.00


Situated south of the Dead Sea, near the famous Nabatean capital of Petra, the Faynan region in Jordan contains the largest deposits of copper ore in the southern Levant. The Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) takes an anthropological archaeology approach to the deep-time study of culture change in one of the Old World’s most important locales for studying technological development. Using innovative digital tools for data recording, curation, analyses and dissemination, the researchers focused on ancient mining and metallurgy as the subject of surveys and excavations related to the Iron Age (ca. 1200–500 BCE), when the first local, historical state-level societies appeared in this part of the eastern Mediterranean basin. This comprehensive and important volume challenges the current scholarly consensus concerning the emergence and historicity of the Iron Age polity of biblical Edom and some of its neighbors, such as ancient Israel.

 

 

The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania

By John K. Papadopoulos, Sarah P. Morris, Lorenc Bejko, and Lynne A. Schepartz
The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania

ISBN: 978-1-938770-00-5

Publication Date: 2014

Series:MA 34

Price: $169.00


The burial tumulus of Lofkënd lies in one of the richest archaeological areas of Albania, ancient Illyria, home to a number of burial tumuli spanning the Bronze and Iron Ages of later prehistory. Some were robbed long ago, others reused for modern burials, and a few excavated under scientific conditions. Modern understanding of the pre- and protohistory of Illyria has largely been shaped by the contents of such burial mounds. What inspired its systematic exploration by UCLA was more than the promise of an unplundered necropolis; it was also the chance to revisit the significance of this tumulus and its fellows for the emergence of urbanism and complexity in ancient Illyria. In addition to artifacts, the recovery of surviving plant remains, bones, and other organic material contributed to insights into the environmental and ecological history of the region. The analysis of all the skeletal remains, inhumed and cremated, enhanced knowledge about the demography and human population in this region of Albania.

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