The Southern Transjordan Edomite Plateau and the Dead Sea by Burton MacDonald

By Burton MacDonald

Burton MacDonald offers an in-depth learn of the archaeology and heritage of human presence during the last five-six thousand years within the southern section of the Transjordan/Edomite Plateau and the lifeless Sea Rift Valley to the west. The proof from archaeology for the realm spans the total interval even though the time for which literary facts is offered is barely the earlier 4000 years, from the center Bronze Age (2000-1550 BC). as soon as literary facts is on the market, even if, it enhances the archaeological list and, as should be amply confirmed, the written documents could be clarified in basic terms in the course of the archaeological info. those assets are, therefore, used to explain environments, assets, industries, payment styles, and the life of the population of this pivotal sector. the result's a "story" of the folks who lived within the region from the Bronze Age in the course of the Islamic interval. what's glaring is that there have been variations in yes archaeological classes in cost styles, in addition to life, among those that lived at the southern section of the Plateau and those that lived within the useless Sea Rift Valley or within the lowlands instantly to the west. in addition, it truly is visible that once there have been classes of exchange and undefined, for instance, the spice alternate and copper mining and processing, the inhabitants of the realm used to be larger. solid governance caused development in inhabitants and prosperity. yet different components additionally performed their half in those ebbs and flows of inhabitants: climatic fluctuations affecting the provision of water and arable land; the improvement and adoption of latest applied sciences in farming practices, uncooked fabric extraction and business equipment, approaches and transportation; and political swap leading to sessions of relative balance and instability in executive.

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Did Gaza and Edom have links on the slave-trading route between Arabia and the Mediterranean? By the time of Ahaz (743/735–727/715 BC; the biblical data are inconsistent for the dates of his reign), Edom was ready to take the offensive again. 6). By this act, Edom, and not Judah, could derive the benefit of trade passing between Arabia and Syria via the Gulf of al-`Aqaba, and could control the southern part of Wadi `Arabah. This made it easier for the Edomites to settle in the south region of Judah, as they did over the next two centuries (Bartlett 1992, 291).

Relative to the Middle Bronze period, Collins et al. (2012, 52) report Middle Bronze sherds in association with the mostly Early Bronze burials at an-Naqb`, as-Safi, immediately south of where Wadi al-Hasa enters the Southern Ghors. Otherwise, one has to look just to the north of Wadi al-Hasa, in the area of Dayr `Ayn `Abata, for evidence of Middle Bronze presence, in the form of burials from the Middle Bronze IIA/B period (Collins et al. 2012; see also Politis 1993, 505–506, 518, pl. 1–2; 1995, 483–489; 1997, 342, 344–347).

1992, 250), they collected one Early Bronze IV–Middle Bronze I sherd. Moreover, they collected what are possible Middle Bronze I-period sherds at one site in Wadi ad-Dahal (MacDonald et al. 1992, 71). Relative to the Middle Bronze period, Collins et al. (2012, 52) report Middle Bronze sherds in association with the mostly Early Bronze burials at an-Naqb`, as-Safi, immediately south of where Wadi al-Hasa enters the Southern Ghors. Otherwise, one has to look just to the north of Wadi al-Hasa, in the area of Dayr `Ayn `Abata, for evidence of Middle Bronze presence, in the form of burials from the Middle Bronze IIA/B period (Collins et al.

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