The Iron Age Cultic Structures from the Excavations at Tell Taannek 1963-1968
Includes 150 b/w illustrations.
This work, which is part of a series of excavation reports from the ancient site of Tell Taannek, examines an Iron Age cultic structure and its contents. Frick explores the question of how one might, on the basis of archaeological data, determine the likelihood that a structure had a cultic function. He considers the relationship between cultic and "secular" activity, particularly with regard to the ways in which cult served a regulatory function within society. He also examines the question of "popular" religious practice in ancient Israel, making reference to biblical passages concerning cultic activity. The book includes five appendices with section drawings and tables describing the type and location of all registered artefacts.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: The Archaeology of Cult
Part II: The Cultic Structure at Taanach in its Geographical and Archaeological Context
Part III: The Architecture and History of the Cultic Structure at Taanach
Part IV: Objects and Artifacts Associated with the Taanach Cultic Structure
Appendix A: Section Drawings of SW 1-7, SW 1-8, SW 2-7, and SW 2-8
Appendix B: Descriptions of Principal Loci in SW 1-7, SW 1-8, SW 2-7, and SW 2-8
Appendix C: Registered Objects found in SW 1-7, SW 2-7, SW 1-8, and SW 2-8
Appendix D: Registered Objects found in SW 1-7, SW 2-7, SW 1-8, and SW 2-8 from Period IIB (960-928 BCE)
Appendix E: Astragali from the Cultic Structure
Appendix F: Overall Taanach Astragali Data
Frank S. Frick was Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Albion College, Michigan.