Reconsidering the iron age ii strata at tel dan: Archaeological and historical implications

Eran Arie

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Abstract

The paper reexamines the finds from Tel Dan, which in several preliminary reports were dated to the Iron Age II (Biran 1982, 1993, 1994, 1996a, 2002). It is suggested that during the Iron IIa Dan was either deserted or was a small rural site, and that the date of Stratum IVA should be down-dated to the end of the 9th/beginning of the 8th centuries BCE. These conclusions have far reaching implications for reconstructing the history of northern Israel and southern Syria in the Iron Age. They also reflect on Dan's cultic role in the Kingdom of Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-64
Number of pages59
JournalTel Aviv
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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