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New Articles on Early Bronze Age Megiddo

posted Apr 15, 2014, 10:46 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 10:46 AM ]

Fresh from the oven: two new articles on Early Bronze Age Megiddo just been published. Check them out:


Abstract: Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley of Israel has been the most cited type-site of the Early Bronze Age Levant since the excavations of the University of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Through the efforts of the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition, the stratigraphic sequence of the Early Bronze Age has been significantly refined, and a new monumental temple dating to Early Bronze Age IB (ca. 3000 B.C.E.) has been discovered. This Great Temple has proven to be the most monumental structure of the period in the Levant. This discovery provides new evidence for the rise of social and political complexity in the region.

Abstract: From 1992 to 2010, the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition excavated an unprecedented monumental temple complex dating to the Early Bronze Age I, ca. 3000 B.C.E. This Great Temple has proved not only to be among the largest construction projects in the Levant in its day, but has revealed surprising new evidence for a society capable of monumental architecture, central planning, and significant control of resources in the Jezreel Valley, Israel, not hitherto expected for the place and time. Since 2010, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP) has been conducting archaeological research at the site of Tel Megiddo East, the nearby settlement responsible for the construction of the temple, and studying the broader landscape in order to elucidate how and why Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley witnessed an incredible leap forward in social, political, and architectural capabilities at the end of the fourth millennium B.C.E. This essay elaborates on both the Great Temple and the recent discoveries and ongoing work by the JVRP at Tel Megiddo East that put the temple in context.

Eric Cline’s latest book

posted Apr 6, 2014, 1:42 PM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 4:02 AM ]

Check Eric Cline's latest book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, at amazon.com.

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

The 2014 Season Goals!

posted Mar 31, 2014, 1:55 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 9:21 AM ]

The 2014 Season is right around the corner, and this is the perfect time to get familiar with our goals for the summer (for last season's results see '2012 Results').

Area K: The focus will be on three main endeavors; (1) Exposure of late Middle Bronze Age domestic architecture, including the final exposure and removal of the Level K-10 building (transitional Middle Bronze/Late Bronze horizon) and penetration beneath. (2) Further work on the early Middle Bronze Age fortification system, including a massive mudbrick wall and the examination of the exterior glacis in a trial sounding on the slope. (3) Analysis of activity areas in the transitional Late Bronze-Iron Age street levels outside the domestic structures in cooperation with the staff and field laboratory of the Kimmel Center of Archaeological Science (Weizmann Institute).

Supervisor: Mario Martin

Area H: This season, the excavations will continue in the northern squares of the area, in order to fully expose the Late Bronze Age levels, which have already been partly excavated during the previous season.

Supervisor: Melissa Cradic

Area Q: The work on the pillared house, which was exposed last season, will continue. In addition, geo-archaeological work, in collaboration with the Weizmann institute staff, will continue on the destruction debris of stratum VIA.

Supervisor: Robert Homsher

Soundings: Additionally, in the upcoming season, soundings will be opened in three new locations: (1) Palace 1369 (known as 'the Assyrian Palace'), (2) in the vicinity of Palace 6000 (3) in the surrounds of Building 338. Our objective in each of these probes is to tackle some stratigraphical issues related to the city of the Iron Age IIA-B (Chicago University's strata V-IVA); for example, the date and function of Building 338.

Supervisor: Assaf Kleiman


See you all on the tel!

“Archaeological Science Field School”

posted Feb 12, 2014, 4:01 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 1:25 AM ]

An “Archaeological science field school” is offered by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and will include fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures.

Course organizers and their fields of expertise:
Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto: chronology, radiocarbon dating, material analysis
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross: geoarchaeology, micromorphology
Prof. Steve Weiner: mineralogical analyses, phytoliths, site formation processes

The course is organized in collaboration with Prof. Israel Finkelstein (Tel-Aviv University), director of the Tel Megiddo Expedition and with Dr. Ofer Marder (Ben-Gurion University) and Dr. Omry Barzilai (Israel Antiquities Authority) co-directors of the Manot Cave prehistoric excavation (www.facebook.com/manotcaveproject). Registered students will participate either in the excavation of the site Tel Megiddo (with Prof. Weiner and Dr. Shahack-Gross) or in the excavation of Manot Cave (with Dr. Boaretto). Four days of the field school will be devoted for on-site work, while the first and last days will be devoted for lectures and communication of the two sub-groups.

The course will take place between July 13th and 18th, 2014 (gathering on July 12th evening). Accommodation and food will be supplied by the excavations organizers. The cost is $500 per week.

Applications are limited for students from third year undergraduates through Masters and doctoral students. The best qualified 10 applicants will be selected. Applications should include one paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating in this course, which site you would prefer conducting the course at, CV, list of grades and two names of referees, and sent no later than March 15th 2014 to:

Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross
Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot 76100
Israel



Download Israel Finkelstein’s latest book (free-access)

posted Oct 13, 2013, 10:24 AM by Assaf Kleiman

Download Israel Finkelstein’s latest book (free-access) – The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israelhttp://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/9781589839106dwld_txt.pdf


Registration for the 2014 season is now open!

posted Oct 6, 2013, 11:23 PM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Oct 6, 2013, 11:35 PM ]

Registration for the 2014 season is now open! Check the How to Apply section!
We hope to see you on the tel!


Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons

posted May 1, 2013, 4:15 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated May 1, 2013, 4:16 AM ]

The Megiddo Expedition is proud to announce that the three-volume final report, Megiddo V—The 2004-2008 Seasons, is about to be published. The book is a joint publication of Eisenbrauns Publishers in the United States and the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. Orders outside of Israel can be place with Eisenbrauns at www.eisenbrauns.com. Orders in Israel should be sent to archpubs@post.tau.ac.il. Take advantage now of the huge savings being offered on pre-publication purchases.

Megiddo's TMs on the Cover of BAR Magazine

posted Dec 12, 2012, 10:29 PM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Dec 13, 2012, 4:40 AM ]

The cover of the new issue of BAR magazine (Jan\Feb 2013) is presenting two of our team members: Katie Paul and Idan Jonish with Area Q in the background! The Photo was taken by one of our directors - Dr. Eric Cline.


http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/magazine/

2012 Results

posted Sep 11, 2012, 6:19 AM by Assaf Kleiman

The tenth large-scale excavation season at Megiddo was carried out over a seven week period in June and July 2012, with over 100 staff and team members participating. Four areas were dug: Areas H, K, Q, which were also excavated in 2010 and in previous seasons, and Area S, which was opened this season.


Gottlieb Schumacher’s Excavation Report

posted Aug 26, 2012, 7:47 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Aug 26, 2012, 7:47 AM ]

Gottlieb Schumacher’s excavation report translation, is available now for downloading!

The translation of Baurat Dr. Gottlieb Schumacher’s excavation report of Tell el-Mutesellim (Megiddo) from German to English was carried out by Dr. Mario Martin (Area K Supervisior). The translation of Schumacher’s report and its presentation on the web were supported by a most generous grant provided by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung in Cologne, Germany (―Aufarbeitung des Materials von Schumachers Funden in Megiddo, Az. 916 97010) to Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Prof. David Ussishkin of the Megiddo Expedition at the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University.

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