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Khirbat Iskandar: Final Report on the Early Bronze IV Area C 'Gateway' and Cemeteries
Richard, Suzanne, Jesse C. Long Jr., Paul S. Holdorf and Glen Peterman, editors

Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2010 pp. xvi + 456. $89.95

Series Information
American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports, 14


Description: This volume is the first in a planned series of final reports on the Archaeological Expedition to Khirbat Iskandar and its Environs, Jordan, begun in 1981 by Principal Investigator, Suzanne Richard of Gannon University. Khirbat Iskandar is an important Early Bronze Age site situated on the Wadi al-Wala north of Dhiban. Due to its extensive stratified Early Bronze IV (ca. 23002000 BCE) occupation on the tell, Khirbat Iskandar is a seminal site for the period. This volume focuses on the excavation of Area C from 19811987, where a gateway came to light. In a period known for one-phase sites and isolated cemeteries, the stratified remains at Khirbat Iskandar offer important data on rural complexity in a sedentary community of the late third millennium, BCE. The volume also includes the results of excavations in the contemporaneous cemeteries discovered in the environs of the site. Along with studies of stratigraphy, the environment, ground stone and other artifacts, faunal remains, skeletal remains from the tombs, and C14 determinations, there are quantitative and petrographic ceramic studies.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology

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Review by Ulrich Hübner
Published 6/26/2011
Citation: Ulrich Hübner, review of Suzanne Richard, Jesse C. Long Jr., Paul S. Holdorf, and Glen Peterman, eds., Khirbat Iskandar: Final Report on the Early Bronze IV Area C 'Gateway' and Cemeteries, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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