Putting One's House in Order: Household Archaeology at Tell Halif, Israel

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott [+-]
Jessup University
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Cynthia Shafer-Elliott serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible & Archaeology at Jessup University. Dr. Shafer-Elliott specializes in the historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel. She is an experienced field archaeologist and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, Israel.

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The recent excavations at Tell Halif utilized household archaeology in order to focus on its Iron 2B dwellings; as a result, Halif is uniquely placed to help archaeologists and biblical scholars alike to better understand the cultural context of ancient Israel/Judah. In order to better understand daily life, our focus must shift from the monumental places (like palaces and temples) to the common stage where daily life occurred - the home. In this paper, a detailed analysis of Halif’s most recently excavated house (aka the A8 house), will be presented followed by a preliminary investigation into its position in the “neighborhood.” The focus of household archaeology and its methodology of spatial analysis will be employed to better understand the daily activities of this Iron 2B Judahite household.

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Shafer-Elliott, Cynthia. Putting One's House in Order: Household Archaeology at Tell Halif, Israel. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41645. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41645. Nov 2021

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