Towns in Ancient Israel and in the Southern Levant

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Many towns flourished in the Southern Levant during the 9th to 7th centuries BCE. More than a century of excavations of these towns in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories has resulted in an increased understanding of how such towns functioned and what they looked like. The remains of Megiddo, Samaria or Hazor, for instance, have received numerous visitors. This book aims at summarizing what is now actually known about the architecture of the towns. The reader will be surprised and impressed when he starts to realize the degree of style these rather small towns could have. With this book, the author conducts a virtual city walk through such a town from the later Iron Age in this region.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Literature
1
The Town Gate or Gates
29
Tripartite Pillared Buildings
64
Sanctuaries and Temples
87
Various Presumed or Specialized Buildings
113
Tombs
135
Patterns of Settlement
161
Town Planning and Population
175
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