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Kay Prag

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266427

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266427.001.0001

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The Bronze and Iron Ages in Jerusalem

The Bronze and Iron Ages in Jerusalem

(p.11) III The Bronze and Iron Ages in Jerusalem
Re-Excavating Jerusalem

Kay Prag

British Academy

Most evidence for the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Post-Exilic settlement of Jerusalem came from Site A on the south-east ridge, and Kenyon unearthed and dated material of almost all these periods, but very little of the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age I. This settlement pattern is reflected to a lesser extent on other sites, but elsewhere occupation of the region appears to continue, in a more dispersed fashion, perhaps partly related to diversification of the inhabitants to a more pastoral economy. Whether the centrality of Jerusalem is linked to its being an ancient place of burial is considered. Other evidence from the archive relates to the reigns of David, Solomon and Nehemiah. Specific issues are addressed, such as the location of the principal administrative buildings and fortifications, the use of volute capitals, the importance of water supply and drainage, and the problem of residuality affecting archaeological dating in Iron Age Jerusalem, which places the emphasis on C14 dating.

Keywords:   Bronze Age Jerusalem, C14 dating, fortifications, Iron Age Jerusalem, Nehemiah, Post-Exilic Jerusalem, residuality, volute capitals, water supply

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