Digging Up Jericho: The Results of the Jericho Excavations, 1952-1956

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CHAPTER TEN
The Tombs of Middle Bronze Age Jericho

PERHAPS THE contribution to knowledge by our excavations at Jericho which is next in importance to those concerning the Neolithic town is the fact that from the finds in the tombs we have been able to supplement to a remarkable degree the information derived from the tell about life in the Middle Bronze Age, that is to say life in the time of the Patriarchs.

In the course of five seasons' work, we have discovered and excavated 59 tombs used during the Middle Bronze Age. Many more were also excavated by Professor Garstang in the cemetery area west of the tell. With the solitary exception already mentioned, they were all multiple tombs. From the circumstances to be described below, it is not readily possible to calculate the number of individual burials, though an approximation of this may emerge when anthropologists have completed their examination of the bones. In every area which we have dug, there are some tombs of this period. One reason why they are not grouped, as are most of those of preceding periods, is that very often tombs of the preceding Intermediate Early Bronze -- Middle Bronze period were re-used. Sometimes the earlier burials were covered by a layer of soil before the new ones were put in; sometimes the bones and pottery (with a few exceptions it was only the Pottery, Square-shaft and Outsize types that were re-used, as the others were too small) were thrown out into the shaft; in other instances, the form of the tomb,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 7
  • Contents 9
  • Text Illustrations 11
  • Illustrations 13
  • Preface 19
  • Chapter One - Introduction 23
  • Chapter Two - The Expedition 31
  • Chapter Three - Setting to Work 39
  • Chapter Four - The First Jericho 51
  • Chapter Five - A Retrogression 77
  • Chapter Six - The Proto-Urban Age 93
  • Chapter Seven - The Early Bronze Age: A Period of Urbanisation 167
  • Chapter Eight - Nomadic Invaders 186
  • Chapter Nine - Jericho in the Time of The Patriarchs 210
  • Chapter Ten - The Tombs of Middle Bronze Age Jericho 233
  • Chapter Eleven - Jericho and the Coming Of the Israelites 256
  • Conclusion 266
  • Index 269
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