Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

Reassessing Nelson Glueck’s Pioneer Studies of Eastern Palestine-Part One: The Surveys

Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald - Michael Neeley

Eveline van der Steen [+-]
Independent Scholar
Eveline van der Steen is an independent scholar. She has worked extensively in Jordan, excavating and publishing on the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Presently her main academic interests focus on the political, social and economic interaction between 19th century Near Eastern tribal societies, as a model for Bronze and Iron age societies in the region. Her latest book on the subject, Near Eastern Tribal Societies During the 19th Century was published in 2013.

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Nelson Glueck’s Explorations in Eastern Palestine were a watershed in Near Eastern archaeology and for a long time they were the main source of information for the archaeology of Jordan. However, over time they have been subjected to an increasing amount of critique, and are sometimes considered outdated. This paper provides a comparison of Glueck’s surveys with published material that is available now, and shows that, firstly, for a large part of Jordan Glueck’s results are still the only information that we have, and secondly, much of the critique directed at Glueck’s surveys and the way he described the sites which he visited, is based on misidentifications. Therefore, Glueck’s results are still vital for present scholarship.

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van der Steen, Eveline. Reassessing Nelson Glueck’s Pioneer Studies of Eastern Palestine-Part One: The Surveys. Walking Through Jordan - Essays in Honor of Burton MacDonald. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 221-245 Nov 2017. ISBN 9781781792834. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28919. Date accessed: 17 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28919. Nov 2017

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