1. Diet, Drink, and Death: The Transition from the Intermediate Bronze Age to the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Levant

Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age - Essays in Honor of Suzanne Richard - Jesse C. Long, Jr.

Susan Cohen [+-]
Montana State University
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Susan L. Cohen received her Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and Hebrew Bible from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2000. Her research focuses on the archaeology, history, and international interconnections of the Bronze Age in the southern Levant, with emphasis on rural settlement and subsistence, rural-urban relations, and synchronisms and interactions with ancient Egypt. She was Director of the excavations at the Middle Bronze Age mortuary site of Gesher, and the small rural multi-period site of Tel Zahara, both in the Jordan Valley, and is Co-Director of the Tell Abu Shusha excavations beginning in summer 2019. She is currently Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University, and Chair of the Fellowships Committee of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

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Both continuity and change mark the transition from the Intermediate Bronze Age to the Middle Bronze Age I in the southern Levant, and evidence for connection and disjunction may be found in social customs, settlement patterns, and economic organization in both eras. These associations and transitions are particularly notable in certain social practices: namely diet, drinking, and the customs surrounding the disposal of the dead, the last of which frequently also incorporates the first two. Evidence from both settlement and mortuary contexts suggests that there were considerable changes in practices associated with drinking between these two eras, yet at the same time, this evidence also exhibits considerable continuity in diet and subsistence patterns. Analysis of these social practices, using comparative data from excavated Intermediate Bronze Age and Middle Bronze Age sites, further illustrates the transition between these eras.

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Cohen, Susan. 1. Diet, Drink, and Death: The Transition from the Intermediate Bronze Age to the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Levant. Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age - Essays in Honor of Suzanne Richard. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. May 2021. ISBN 9781781797204. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37730. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37730. May 2021

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