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Lahav II: Households and the Use of Domestic Space at Iron II Tell Halif: An Archaeology of Destruction
Hardin, James W.

Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2010 pp. xviii + 286. $69.50

Series Information
Lahav: Reports of the Lahav Research Project / Excavations at Tell Halif, Israel, 2

Description: This volume focuses on the reconstruction of household organization during the Iron II period at Tell Halif. It centers in particular on one four-room, pillared-type building located in Area F7 of Field IV and on its remains, which were sealed in a massive destruction that eclipsed the site in the late eighth century B.C.E. This study was first prepared as a Ph.D. dissertation for the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona (Hardin 2001) and has since been amplified and embellished by further research. Published here are the results of research deliberately designed by the author to provide for more complete recovery and detailed recording in the field of all artifacts and other remains within a special refined three-dimensional grid matrix. These data in turn established a framework for studying the formation processes active on the materials and for conducting a spatial analysis of the assemblages in the building. Along with developing ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological inferences, these techniques are used to identify activities, activity areas, and social organization related to the building, ultimately defining an “archaeological household” consisting of the pillared dwelling and its occupants. Finally, these conclusions are also related to reconstructions of the Iron II-period household suggested by Hebrew Bible sources.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology

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Review by Raz Kletter
Published 8/19/2011
Citation: Raz Kletter, review of James W. Hardin, Lahav II: Households and the Use of Domestic Space at Iron II Tell Halif: An Archaeology of Destruction, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

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