Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996
 
A. Mazar, Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996, Vol. I. From the Late Bronze Age to the Medieval Period (2006). ISBN 965-221-058-7. 760 pages, hardcover, numerous illustrations. Price: $92. Discounted price to IES members: $69

 

This volume is the first in the series of final reports on the
Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project directed by Amihai Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The project includes the nine seasons of excavation conducted at Tel Beth-Shean (1989-1996), the ongoing excavations at Tel Rehov (since 1997), and various regional surveys. The current volume presents an introduction to the expedition's work; a synthesis of the findings discussed in the volume; an analysis of the formation processes; a report on the excavation of and below the Egyptian New Kingdom "Governor's Residency"; a presentation of the stratigraphy, architecture, and various finds relating to the Iron Age and Hellenistic, Byzantine, Early Islamic and Medieval periods in six excavation areas; and studies of the botanical and zoological data. Thirty-four authors contributed to this rich and varied final report on one of the major archaeological sites in Israel.

 

A. Mazar and R. Mullins (editors) Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996, Volume II. The Middle and Late Bronze Age Strata in Area R (2007).  ISBN 978-965-221-065-4 760 pages, hardcover, numerous illustrations. Price: $92 Discounted price to IES members: $69

 

This volume is the second in the series of final reports on the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project directed by Amihai Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The project includes the nine seasons of excavation conducted at Tel Beth-Shean (1989–1996), the ongoing excavations at Tel Rehov (since 1997), and various regional surveys. The current volume comprises the final report on the Middle Bronze Ageand Late Bronze Age I–IIA strata uncovered in Area R, below the Level IX temple area excavated by the University of Pennsylvania. It presents detailed documentation and discussion of the stratigraphy and architecture, including the early phases of the Level IX temple and an earlier temple of the LB I. The large pottery assemblages are analyzed by A. Maeir (the Middle Bronze Age) and R. Mullins (the Late Bronze Age). Provenience studies of the pottery were carried out A. Cohen-Weinberger (petrography) and A. Maeir and J. Yellin (INAA). Various classes of objects are discussed by N. Yahalom-Mack and A. Mazar, stone vessels are studied by C. Clamer, scarabs by B. Brandl, flints assemblages by O. Marder and R. Bankirer, cylinder seals by D. Collon, botanical remains by M. Kislev, Y. Melamed and O.Simchoni, faunal remains by L. Kolska Horwitz, and a number of 14C dates are presented. This final report contributes a wealth of new data to our knowledge of the cultural development of a major site in Canaan during the second millennium BCE.

 

N. Panitz Cohen and A. Mazar (editors), Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996. Volume III: The 13–11th Century B.C.E. Strata in Areas S and N (2009). ISBN 978-965-221-076-0, 814 pages, hardcover, numerous illustrations. Price: $92 Discounted price to IES members: $69

 

This volume is the third in the series of final reports on the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project, directed by Amihai Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1989.  The current volume presents the results of the excavations in Areas N and S at Tel Beth-Shean, which relate to the heyday of the Egyptian garrison town of the 19th and 20th Dynasties and its aftermath, corresponding with Levels VII, VI and Late VI of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania Expedition (13th–11th centuries BCE).  The volume starts with an overview of the main results (including those in Area Q, previously published), followed by a detailed analysis of the stratigraphy and architecture of Areas N and S, extensive discussions accompanied by detailed illustrations of the local Canaanite and Egyptian-style pottery, as well as the imported pottery, and a wide variety of artifacts, many of them related to the Egyptian presence. Thirty authors contributed to this volume, which includes 215 line drawings and graphs, 74 pottery plates and 435 photographs.

 

Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996. Volume IV: The 4th and 3rd Millennia B.C.E. A. Mazar (editor) (2012) 21 x 27 cm., hardcover, xviii+431 pages, numerous illustrations. ISBN 978-965-221-085-0 Price: $88 Discounted price to IES members: $66

 

This volume presents the results of the excavations at Tel Beth-Shean from the Early Bronze Age and the Intermediate Bronze Age. A substantial Early Bronze IB building in Area M was violently destroyed and rebuilt shortly afterwards. Its plan and rich finds have implications for our understanding of social and economic aspects of this formative period. After a gap in Early Bronze II, the Early Bronze III is represented by a series of occupation phases, most of them accompanied by a large amount of Khirbet Kerak Ware, confirming that Beth-Shean was the southernmost settlement site of the ‘Khirbet Kerak people’. After a possible occupation gap, an ephemeral intermediate Bronze Age settlement existed for a short time on top of the abandoned Early Bronze Age city.