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Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Early Bronze Age

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In recognition of the significant contribution that Suzanne Richard has made to the archaeology of the Early Bronze Age in the Southern Levant, this Festschrift represents the best of scholarship in her areas of interest and publication in the field. Professor Richard is known for her work on the Early Bronze Age, especially the EB III-IV. Her first major articles (BASOR 1980; BA 1987) are still standard references in the field. More recently, she is concerned with interconnectivity in the Levant during the Early Bronze Age, including the critical transitions between the northern and southern Levant with the Chalcolithic and the Middle Bronze Age.

With an international cadre of leading scholars the volume reflects recent scholarship on the nature of Early Bronze Age urbanism, cultural transitions at the beginning and end of this first urban period in Palestine, and the nature of the Early Bronze IV period. The volume is an important contribution to the field of late 4th through the early 2nd millennia BCE.

Published: Jan 1, 2020

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Suzanne Richard as Student, Professor, Mentor, Colleague, and Friend Jesse Long, Jr. , William Dever
EB and Urbanism
1. EBI and Early Urbanism in Jordan (from excavation at Jebel al-Mutawwaq) Andrea Polcaro
2. The Lower Jordan Valley and the Ghor during the dawn of Urbanization Zeidan Kafafi
3. The Madaba Settlement Cluster and the Nature of Early Bronze Age Urbanism in the Central Highlands of Jordan Timothy Harrison
4. Dolmen Burials and the Development of the Early Bronze Age Susanne Kerner
5. The Political Economy of Early Bronze Age Copper Productions at Khirbat Hamra Ifdan: Implications for Southern Levantine Urbanism Thomas Levy, Aaron Gidding
6. The Early Bronze Age in the Southern Levant: A View from Tell Halif Joe Seger
7. Growth, Collapse and Rebirth: Pella in Jordan in the Third and Second Millennia BCE Stephen Bourke, Melissa Kennedy
8. Diet, Drink, and Death: The Transition from the Intermediate to the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Levant Susan Cohen
9. The EB III/EB IV and EB IV/MB I Transitions in the Southern Levant: Some Considerations for a Reappraisal of the Current State-of-the-art Marta D'Andrea
10. MB II-LB I in North Inner Syria: A Difficult Transition Frances Pinnock
11. Changes in the Architectural Fabric of Hazor’s Lower City from the Middle Bronze to the Late Bronze Shlomit Bechar
Early Bronze IV
12. Early Bronze Age IV Community in the Upper Wadi Zarqa from an Ethnoarchaeological Perspective Khalid Douglas
13. Early Bronze IV Settlement, Chronology and Society along the Jordan Rift Steven Falconer, Patricia Fall
14. Testing the Statistical EB IV Ceramic Study: New Excavations in Area C at Khirbat Iskandar Stanley Holdorf
15. Early Bronze IV Household Architecture Its Final Phase at Khirbat Iskandar Jesse Long, Jr. , Shelby Green
16. Early Bronze IV Presence in Jordan: A Survey Burton MacDonald
17. Interregional Relations in EB IV Paolo Matthiae
18. Storage Jars and Storerooms in Palace G at Ebla (EBIV A): The Foodstuffs of the Last Days of Life of an Early Syrian Capital Stefania Mazzoni
19. The Intermediate Bronze Age (EB IV) at Batrawy and Jericho Lorenzo Nigro
20. A View from the North: Black Wheelmade Ware in Lebanon Hermann Genz, Kamal Badreshany
21. One Potter, Multiple Clay Bodies Gloria London
22. Essays on Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse: An Assessment William Dever