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The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land Paperback – September, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0718501655 ISBN-10: 0718501659

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718501659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718501655
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas E. Levy is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Levy took his Ph.D. degree at the University of Sheffield, U.K. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Thielman on June 3, 2000
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Archæology constitutes a meticulous study of ancient artifacts and residues from periods in human history remote to the modern world. This field of anthropology is marked by differences in emphasis, depending on the region under excavation. In the southern Levant, such focus generally accentuates what has been termed "biblical archæology", designed to augment historical understanding of the scriptures, both the Hebrew Canon and the New Testament. Aside from difficulties inherent in synthsizing descriptions written or edited centuries after the events narrated, often with religious revelations overriding historical "accuracy" (a concept whose importance has been presumed only relatively recently), archæology--being predominantly a material discipline--can interpret only what is physically observable in the present.
Recent decades have witnessed profound changes in archæology, expanding beyond the evidence of technological advancement--from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to Neolithic agriculturists to the Bronze and Iron ages--as well as political demarcations--Canaanite city states, Isrælite monarchies, hegemonies under Persian, Roman or Ottoman rule. Social archæology--intended to examine the culture of the region in question--is the theme in _The_Archæology_of_Society_in_the_Holy_Land_, edited by Thomas E. Levy, professor of Judaic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. The articles cover a wide chronology from the early Paleolithic age to the modern era in terms of material culture, as well as flora, fauna, climate, economy, and manufacture. To preclude an overly narrow focus on Biblical periods, the thirty authors devote over a third of the book to the premetal times.
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