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Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin
Spencer, John R., Robert A. Mullins and Aaron J. Brody, editors

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014 pp. xxii + 321. $59.50

Description: Seymour Gitin is completing his tenure as Director and Dorot Professor at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Much of his long career has been spent helping young scholars expand their contacts and hone their skills. This volume is a collection of articles by some of the many developing scholars and Albright fellows with whom Sy has shared his time and knowledge. Their appreciation shows in the quality of their articles, the breadth of their interests, and their dedication to Sy Gitin. The articles range from a discussion of tomb robbing in Palestinian areas, to a geographical analysis of the Shephelah region, to Islamic historical texts, to Israelite cult stands, to Middle Bronze Age burials. In addition, there are several articles by former members of the Tel Miqne–Ekron staff that draw on the finds from that site and further demonstrate Sy’s willingness to mentor and to share the publication of the site’s rich trove of materials. This book not only honors Dr. Gitin by the willingness of fellows to contribute to the volume; it also expands our knowledge base of the southern Levant and shows that “Material Culture Matters.”

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology

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Review by Raz Kletter
Published 6/1/2015
Citation: Raz Kletter, review of John R. Spencer, Robert A. Mullins, and Aaron J. Brody, eds., Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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