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Book: Transitions, Urbanism, and Collapse in the Bronze Age

Chapter: 5. Changes in the Architectural Fabric of Hazor’s Lower City from the Middle Bronze to the Late Bronze

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.37733


This article deals with the changes in the built environment of the lower city of Hazor during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. It will be shown that major changes occurred between Stratum 2, dated to the LBI, and Stratum 1b, dated to the LBIIa. During the Middle Bronze Age and the LBI, most of the excavated areas in the lower city comprised public and monumental buildings whereas in the LBIIa the city was mainly occupied by domestic structures. The historic and social implications of these will be discussed as well as the question of who were the inhabitants of the lower city of Hazor.

Chapter Contributors

  • Shlomit Bechar ( - sbechar) 'The Hebrew University of Jerusalem'