The Sea Peoples and Their World: A Reassessment

The Sea Peoples and Their World: A Reassessment

The Sea Peoples and Their World: A Reassessment

The Sea Peoples and Their World: A Reassessment

Synopsis

This volume presents the results of the 1995 international seminar on the history and archaeology of the Sea Peoples. The 17 comprehensive articles, written by leading scholars in the fields of Egyptology, Hittitology, biblical studies, and Aegean, Anatolian, and Near Eastern archaeology, examine current methodologies and interpretations concerning the origin, migration, and settlement of the Sea Peoples against the overwhelming new archaeological record from sites throughout the Mediterranean basin and the Levant.

University Museum Monograph 108, University Museum Symposium Series 11

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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is delighted to publish this important volume on the Sea Peoples. This topic has attracted great scholarly and popular attention and much new research has been directed at it. This volume offers significant new interpretations of the Sea Peoples and hopefully will be of wide interest.

The Museum is grateful to Professor Oren not only for editing the book but for his stimulating presence here at the University and its Museum in the early 1990s. He organized three important seminars during his stay here in Philadelphia, of which “Cultural Interconnections in the Ancient Near East,” that resulted in this volume, was the third. Professor Oren also helped foment the planning for a permanent installation of a portion of the Museum’s superb Biblical Archaeology collection, which was brought to fruition in “Canaan and Ancient Israel.” This fascinating exhibit, which was co-curated by Dr. Bruce Routledge and Dr. Linda Bregstein, opened in the fall of 1998. Finally, Professor Oren’s intellectual contributions to the ancient studies community at the University of Pennsylvania was immeasurable but deeply appreciated by students and faculty alike.

While this volume clearly does not solve all the questions about the role of the Sea Peoples in the development of Near Eastern civilization, it does offer a number of new and challenging insights. The University of Pennsylvania Museum is proud to help further the scholarly debate on the Sea Peoples with the publication of this book.

Jeremy A. Sabloff The Williams Director University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology October, 1999 . . .

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