Women in distress: Victims of the Iron Age destruction at Tell es-Sâfi/Gath

Marina Faerman, Aren M. Maeir, Amit Dagan, Patricia Smith

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The widespread signs of destruction and fire seen at Tell es-Sâfi/Gath in the upper and lower parts of the city (Namdar et al. 2011; Zukerman and Maeir 2012) include the charred skeletal remains of three women found in Area D, Stratum D3, and five individuals found in Area A, Stratum A3. All appear to have been victims of the same event, namely, the destruction of the city at the end of the ninth cen-tury b.c.e. by Hazael of Aram (Maeir 2012). We provide here a detailed description of these remains and the circumstances surrounding their deaths using standards published in Bass 1995 to determine their age and sex, and the Munsell color chart (Ellingham et al. 2015) to estimate the extent and pattern of burning on the bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018

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