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Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the 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, 2021

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Introduction
Suzanne Richard: An Appreciation Jesse Long, Jr. , William Dever
A Letter of Congratulation Herbert Huffmon
Transitions
1. Diet, Drink, and Death: The Transition from the Intermediate to the Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Levant Susan Cohen
2. Urbanism, Collapse and Transitions: Considerations on the EB III/IV and the EB IV/MB I Nexuses in the Southern Levant Marta D'Andrea
3. MB II-LB I Transition in North Inner Syria: A Difficult Horizon Frances Pinnock
4. Changes in the Architectural Fabric of Hazor’s Lower City from the Middle Bronze to the Late Bronze Shlomit Bechar
5. A Royal Palace in Transition: The Functions of the Archaic Palace of Ebla in its Historical Context Paolo Matthiae
EB and Urbanism
6. EBI and Early Urbanism in Jordan: New Lights on a Formative Period through the Jebel al Mutawwaq Excavations Andrea Polcaro
7. The Lower Jordan Valley and the Ghor: A Case for Urban Life in Jordan in the 3rd Millennium BCE Zeidan Kafafi
8. The Madaba Settlement Cluster and the Nature of Early Bronze Age Urbanism in the Central Highlands of Jordan Stanley Klassen, Timothy Harrison
9. 'Show Me How You Bury Your People': Dolmens, Burials and Social Development in the Early Bronze Age Susanne Kerner
10. The Political Economy of Early Bronze Age Copper Production at Khirbat Hamra Ifdan (Jordan): Implications for Southern Levantine Urbanism Thomas Levy, Aaron Gidding
11. The Early Bronze Age in the Southern Levant: A View from Tell Halif Joe Seger
Early Bronze IV
12. Early Bronze Age IV Community in the Upper Wadi Zarqa, North Central Jordan: Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives Khalid Douglas
13. Early Bronze IV Settlement, Chronology and Society along the Jordan Rift Steven Falconer, Patricia Fall
14. On the Edge of the Valley: The Wadi Hammeh and the Hinterland of Pella in the EB IV Period Stephen Bourke, Melissa Kennedy
15. Testing the Statistical EB IV Ceramic Study: New Excavations in Area C at Khirbat Iskandar Stanley Holdorf
16. Khirbat Iskandar EB IV: The Household Architecture of Phase A in Area B Jesse Long, Jr. , Shelby Green
17. Early Bronze IV Presence in Jordan: A Survey Burton MacDonald
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 Early Bronze Age IV / Intermediate Bronze Age at Batrawy and Jericho: Post-urban vs. Proto-urban Lorenzo Nigro
Ceramics
20. A View from the North: Black Wheelmade Ware in Lebanon Hermann Genz, Kamal Badreshany
21. One Potter: Multiple Clay Body Types Gloria London
Conclusion
22. Essays on Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse: An Assessment William Dever