Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond
Yasur-Landau, Assaf, Jennie R. Ebeling and Laura B. Mazow, editors
Leiden: Brill, 2011 pp. vi + 452. $212.00
Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, 50
Description: Despite the large number of well-preserved domestic contexts in Bronze and Iron Age sites, household archaeology has not been a common approach to studying the material culture of Ancient Israel. Until recently, the dictates of “Biblical Archaeology” led to a narrow set of questions that ignored issues such as gender, status and production within the household. The present volume, which grew out of a session at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, attempts to redress this issue. The seventeen papers herein reflect innovative viewpoints on the theory and praxis of household archaeology in this region. The next step in household research is presented here, with the use of tailor-made data collection strategies designed to answer specific questions posed by household archaeology.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology
Review by Ralph K. Hawkins
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Citation: Ralph K. Hawkins, review of Assaf Yasur-Landau, Jennie R. Ebeling, and Laura B. Mazow, eds., Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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