Framing Archaeology in the Near East - The Application of Social Theory to Fieldwork - Ianir Milevski

Framing Archaeology in the Near East - The Application of Social Theory to Fieldwork - Ianir Milevski

New Social Perspectives on Intermediate Bronze Age Burial Practices at Jericho

Framing Archaeology in the Near East - The Application of Social Theory to Fieldwork - Ianir Milevski

Aaron Greener
Bar-Ilan University

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Dame Kathleen Kenyon excavated a large Intermediate Bronze Age cemetery at Jericho in the 1950s. She identified several types of shaft tombs, distinct by their location, shape, body treatment and repertoire of grave goods placed inside them. In this paper I re-examine the burial practices and the grave offering distribution, considering the cultural context and cognitive aspects that influenced the creation of the archaeological record. I argue that the burial record teaches of a social complexity and a separation based on gender and age, and attempt to define which social group was buried in each of the tomb types. This study strengthens the argument for the great importance given to burial and its rituals during the Intermediate Bronze Age.

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Greener, Aaron. New Social Perspectives on Intermediate Bronze Age Burial Practices at Jericho. Framing Archaeology in the Near East - The Application of Social Theory to Fieldwork. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 95-112 Dec 2016. ISBN 9781781796351. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26359. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26359. Dec 2016

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