(in cooperation with the Israel Exploration Society)


This new large-format series is designed to present the results of large-scale excavations for which the format of the monograph series is inadequate. The Qedem monograph series will continue to appear in parallel with Qedem Reports. It is published in cooperation with The Israel Exploration Society.



E. STERN: Excavations at Dor, Final Report, Vol. I A: Areas A and C, Introduction and Stratigraphy


Qedem Reports 1 and 2 present the final report of Areas A and C at Tel Dor, excavated in 1980-1987. The excavations at Dor provide an unparalleled opportunity to study a major Phoenician harbor town on the eastern Mediterranean coast. The excavations revealed a large planned city of the Persian and Hellenistic periods, built in typically Phoenician techniques and fortified by a strong wall, with continued settlement in the Roman period. This volume includes descriptions of registration and surveying methods, a stratigraphic summary describing the finds of the various strata, a detailed stratigraphic report, a discussion of absolute dates, historical conclusions, a report on maritime and coastal installations, a chapter on the city coins of Dor, and a comprehensive bibliography of Tel Dor and the nearby Tel Mevorakh.

380 pages        Price: $60.-



E. STERN: Excavations at Dor, Final Report, Vol. I B: Areas A and C, The Finds


This volume, the companion volume to Qedem Reports 1, presents the finds from Areas A and C at Tel Dor, excavated in 1980-1987. The finds are exceptional in their range and quantity, and are distinguished by the unusually large numbers of imported items. Categories of finds presented here and fully illustrated with drawings and photographs are: Iron Age pottery, local pottery of the Persian period, East Greek pottery, Athenian pottery, imported Hellenistic and Roman pottery, Hellenistic coarse ware, clay figurines, popular cult objects and sculpture, the coins from the excavations, a scarab, seals, stamped storage jar handles, a Phoenician inscription, an inscribed sling bullet, and Greek inscriptions.

512 pages        Price: $80.-



A. BEN-TOR, M. AVISSAR, & Y. PORTUGALI: Yoqne‘am I: The Late Periods


Yoqne‘am, one of the sites dominating the passes through the Carmel range, was more or less continuously settled for close to four millennia, from the Early Bronze Age to the Mamluk period. It was the main site investigated in the framework of the Yoqne‘am Regional Project in the western Jezreel Valley between 1975 and 1988. This volume presents the results of the excavations relating to the Hellenistic through Ottoman periods, with the Early Islamic-Crusader-Mamluk periods providing the most significant contribution. The volume includes a historical discussion of Yoqne`am in the Crusader period, detailed descriptions of the architectural remains of the site, including the Crusader church, and presentations of the finds: pottery of the various periods (including an important chapter on the large assemblage of medieval pottery), oil lamps, tobacco pipes, glass, metal and bone items, coins, and human and animal remains.

270 pages        $52.-




SHULAMIT HADAD: Bet Shean 1: The Oil Lamps from the Hebrew University Excavations at Bet Shean


Qedem Reports 4 is the first volume of the final reports of the large-scale excavations conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at Bet Shean-Scythopolis between 1980 and 1996. The present study constitutes the full publication of the local and imported clay lamps, lamp molds, bronze lamps and clay lanterns found by the expedition, ranging in date from the Hellenistic to the Mamluk periods. The volume opens with a short introduction to the excavations at Bet Shean, illustrated with plans and photographs, which places the lamps in their historical and stratigraphic context. Of approximately 2800 classifiable lamps and fragments found in the excavations, 534 are illustrated and discussed within the typological framework, and statistics are given for the different typological groups. The importance of this assemblage lies first and foremost in its having been found in an archaeological excavation, allowing most of the lamps to be dated on the basis of the contexts in which they were found. Some of the types have been discovered only at Bet Shean and lack parallels at other sites in Palestine or neighboring countries, while others attest to connections with other parts of the region that vary from period to period. The final chapter is dedicated to examining the connections between lamp finds from Bet Shean and different regions in Palestine, and the connections with the neighboring countries of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

188 pages        $48.-



AMNON BEN-TOR, RUHAMA BONFIL AND SHARON ZUCKERMAN: Tel Qashish: A Village in the Jezreel Valley: Final Report of the Archaeological Excavations (1978–1987).


The eight seasons of excavation at the small site of Tel Qashish were conducted as part of the Yoqne‘am Regional Project that also included the excavations at Tel Qiri and Tel Yoqne‘am  and a survey of the western Jezreel Valley. Remains consisting mainly of domestic structures and dating principally from the Early Bronze Age I to the Late Bronze Age were uncovered at Tel Qashish. The present volume presents the architecture, pottery assemblages and pottery typology of the three main periods, the EB I, EB II–III and Middle to Late Bronze Ages, with a description of the minor remains of later periods. The volume also includes overviews of the settlement history of the site in the different periods, a petrographic study of the EB II–III pottery and discussions of special finds, such as a cylinder seal and seal impressions, decorated bones, a bead, figurines, chipped stone artifacts, human skeletal remains, shell beads, freshwater clams and land snails, and botanical and faunal remains.


498 pages       $80.-



AMNON BEN-TOR, ANABEL ZARZECKI-PELEG AND SHULAMIT COHEN-ANIDJAR: Yoqne‘am II: The Iron Age and the Persian Period (Final Report of the Archaeological Excavations 1977–1988)

This volume presents the architecture and finds of the Iron Age Strata XVIII–XI and the limited architecture and pottery of the Persian period Strata X–VIII at Tel Yoqne‘am. The almost uninterrupted sequence of Iron Age strata span the twelfth/eleventh centuries through the last third of the eighth century BCE; architectural remains include a water system that is one of the very few in the country that are securely dated to the tenth century and two superimposed defense systems. The dense stratigraphic sequence made possible a detailed analysis of the development of pottery types through the Iron Age strata. The results of this study are particularly important with regard to the current debate on the “traditional” versus the “low” chronology of the Iron Age II.

438 pages $80.-



AMNON BEN-TOR, DORON BEN-AMI AND ARIELLA LIVNEH: Yoqne‘am III: The Middle and Late Bronze Ages (Final Report of the Archaeological Excavations 1977–1988)

This volume presents the architecture and pottery of the Middle Bronze Age Strata XXV–XXI and the Late Bronze Age Strata XXb–XIXa, together with other finds from the Bronze Age (including some unstratified Early Bronze Age finds). Although fills containing Early Bronze Age pottery were found on the site’s bedrock, the earliest architectural remains uncovered date from the MB IIA. During most of the Middle Bronze Age, from Stratum XXIV of the MB IIA to the end of the MB IIB, Yoqne‘am was a fortified city, as attested by its three successive fortification systems. A new era in the history of the site, during which the city was unfortified, started with the MB IIC Stratum XXI and lasted until Stratum XVI of the Iron Age II. A feature of particular interest at the site is the fact that, as at nearby Tel Qashish, the temporal divisions based on the ceramic analysis do not always conform with the stratigraphic ones.

438 pages $80.-



SHULAMIT HADAD: Bet Shean 2: Islamic Glass Vessels from the Hebrew University Excavations at Bet Shean

This publication presents the Islamic glass vessels discovered in the excavations of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem expedition to Bet Shean. The vessels have generally been dated on the basis of the pottery, oil lamps and coins from the context in which they were found, and sometimes on analogy with well-dated finds from other sites. Most of the vessel types discovered at Bet Shean are known from other sites, though a few, such as the Umayyad mosaic glass bowl, vessels with inscribed and plain stamps, and two-part vessels, are very rare or totally unknown elsewhere. Almost all of the known decorative styles of the Umayyad and Abbasid–Fatimid periods appear at Bet Shean, making it likely that the city had connections with the main centers of glass manufacture in these periods. The glass vessels of the Ayyubid–Mamluk periods, though they reveal a sharp decline in comparison to the finds from the previous periods, include some rare vessels.

212 pages $52.-




YOSEF GARFINKEL AND DAVID BEN-SHLOMO: Sha‘ar Hagolan 2: The Rise of Urban Concepts in the Ancient Near East

This is the second of the final reports on the excavation of the Neolithic site of Sha‘ar Hagolan in the Jordan Valley of Israel, which presents and analyzes the architecture and stratigraphy of the site. Sha‘ar Hagolan was a major settlement in numerous respects: its large size (20 hectares), the earliest known appearance of the courtyard house concept in its large dwelling complexes, and its planned layout with an organized network of passageways, including straight main streets that were regularly resurfaced. In addition, the well uncovered at the site, one of the oldest in the world, reveals sophisticated hydrological technology. These revolutionary discoveries have completely altered our understanding of the 6th millennium BCE and shed new light on the rise of urban concepts in the ancient Near East.

336 pages $68.-