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Shechem V
The Late Bronze Age Pottery from Field Xiii at Shechem / Tell Balatah

Edited by Catherine A. Duff and Edward F. Campbell

Shechem V
Hardback, 536 pages £74.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780897570909
Format: 280mm x 215mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Classical Studies and Ancient History
Series: ASOR Archaeological Reports

Substantial ceramic and architectural remains attributable to the Late Bronze Age were excavated in Field XIII in 1968 by the Drew-McCormick Expedition.

The Late Bronze Age sequence spanning the Late Bronze I, IIA, and IIB contains ceramics from occupational contexts and also from a cache of 850 restorable and complete vessels from a Basement Chamber sealed below destruction debris. This analysis provides data on the ceramic typological development and the technological processes or chaîne opératoire at a Northern Hill Country site. While mostly domestic in nature, the ceramic assemblage also comprises imported Cypriot White Slip and Base Ring Wares that place the territorial kingdom, governed by the ambitious ruler Lab'ayu, within a wider regional trade system encompassing the Dothan-Jezreel and Beth Shean Valley routes. 

The findings from this investigation align with recent scholarship that shows the early Late Bronze I was defined by contracted settlement over a protracted period of time, in contrast to the architectural and ceramic complexity exhibited in the Late Bronze IIA, and to a limited extent in the Late Bronze IIB.

This report continues the effort to publish the excavation findings from ten seasons of excavations spanning 1957 to 1972 and originally led by Expedition Director G. Ernest Wright. 33 b&w illustrations and 33 tables.

List of Illustrations

List of Tables and Appendices


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The Late Bronze Age Ceramics and Stratigraphy in Field XIII

Chapter 3 The Late Bronze Age Ceramic Typology

Chapter 4 Petrography of some Late Bronze Age Ceramics in Field XIII

Chapter 5 Cultural and Historical Conclusions


Pottery Plates and Descriptive Tables

Plates 1-32: Stratum XIV

Plates 33-68: Stratum XIII

Plates 69-110: Stratum XII

Basement Plates 1-58: Stratum XIII


Editor: Catherine A. Duff is a Research Associate at the University of Toronto and a member of the Board of Trustees for (ASOR).

Series Editor:Emeritus Professor Edward F. Campbell, Jr. has been a member of the core staff of the Joint Expedition to Tell Balatah/Shechem since 1957, more recently as Director and Publication Officer for the Expedition. Now in retirement In Scarborough, Maine, he was from 1956 until 1997 a teacher of Old Testament and Biblical Interpretation at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.   A Vice-President of the American Schools of Oriental Research, he has contributed two volumes of the Shechem Expedition final reports, and edited three others.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 536 pages
 280mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, SOC003000
 American Schools of Oriental Research


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