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QEDEM 1 (1975)

AMNON BEN-TOR: Two Burial Caves of the Proto-Urban Period at Azor, 1971; The First Season of Excavations at Tell-Yarmuth, 1970

Early Bronze Age remains from two very different sites are published here in detail. At Azor, south of Tel Aviv, two artificial burial caves containing the bones of some 200 individuals, 268 ceramic vessels, weapons, flint implements, and other artifacts of the late Proto-Urban period (EB II) were found. The placement of the burial gifts relative to the skeletal material in these caves is unique. The first season of excavations into the settlement layers at Tell Yarmuth, southwest of Beth Shemesh, uncovered two strata of EB III-IV, as well as remains from the Chalcolithic through Byzantine periods.
88 pages, 32 plates Price: $18.-

QEDEM 2 (1975)

LEE I. LEVINE: Roman Caesarea: An Archaeological-Topographical Study

This study approaches the remains of Caesarea from a broad perspective by examining a number of historical and archaeological questions raised by both surface finds and excavated material. Pertinent literary sources and parallels from the Roman world at large shed light on the history and functions of the various structures at Caesarea. An extensive bibliography is included.
64 pages, 8 plates Price: $15.-

QEDEM 3 (1975)

YA`AKOV MESHORER: Nabataean Coins

During the Hellenistic period, an inter-tribal group of Arabian-Aramean elements consolidated themselves under the name of Nabatu and made the transition from nomadic to sedentary life. The vigorous and independent culture that emerged reached its zenith in the 1st century BCE, and it is at this time that the Nabateans began to mint their own distinctive coins. Nabatean numismatic history, studied here in detail according to reigning monarchs, reflects the vicissitudes of the kingdom and its abrupt termination in 106 CE, when the Romans annexed the Nabatean kingdom to the empire as Provincia Arabia.
120 pages, 8 plates Price: $18.-

QEDEM 4 (1976)

NAHMAN AVIGAD: Bullae and Seals from a Post-Exilic Judean Archive

The chance discovery in 1974, somewhere in the Jerusalem region, of a group of over 70 bullae (clay sealings from papyrus and parchment documents) and two actual seals is of great importance for the study of Yehud, the province of Judea under Persian rule. The entire collection, which probably originated in an official archive, dates from the very late 6th century BCE. Twelve different seals were responsible for the 65 bullae inscribed in Hebrew and written in the Aramaic script. A description, line drawing, and photograph accompany each bulla. Parallel English and Hebrew versions of the text of each inscription are given. The paleography, comparative epigraphic materials (accompanied by script charts), chronology, and historical setting are analyzed.
84 pages, 15 plates Price: $15.-

QEDEM 5 (1976)

MICHAEL AVI-YONAH: Gazetteer of Roman Palestine

This gazetteer, the result of an enormous amount of original research, is more than a mere list of over 900 sites in Roman Palestine. Each entry contains a proposed reconstruction of the ancient Hebrew (or Greek) name as well as its ancient and modern equivalents. Map references indicate the location of the sites on the eight detailed maps. In addition, ancient Greek, Latin, and Semitic sources mentioning each locality, modern literature on each site, and relevant historical, archaeological, and geographical information are provided.
112 pages, 8 maps Price: $20.-

QEDEM 6 (1977)

AVRAHAM NEGEV: The Inscriptions of Wadi Haggag, Sinai

About 400 Nabatean, Greek, Latin, Hebrew-Aramaic, Coptic, Armenian, and Thamudic rock-cut inscriptions were photographed in 1970-1971 in a section of Wadi Haggag in western Sinai; 267 of them are published here. They include Nabatean and pre-Christian Greek graffiti written by Nabateans in the 2nd-3rd centuries CE, a Greek inscription of the early 4th century, and Greco-Christian, Jewish, Armenian, and perhaps early Arabic inscriptions from the 5th century and later. The discussions in the catalogue are supplemented by a survey of modern exploration in the area, observations on symbols and pilgrimages, a description of the related pottery, and indexes.
100 pages, 4 plates, 2 maps Price: $20.-

QEDEM 7 (1977)

OFER BAR-YOSEF & JAMES L. PHILLIPS: Prehistoric Investigations in Gebel Maghara, Northern Sinai

This volume summarizes the emergency surveys and excavations conducted in 1970-1976 in the Gebel Maghara section of northern Sinai, an area whose prehistory was previously virtually unknown. Primary attention is devoted to the Upper Paleolithic, Epi-Paleolithic, and Neolithic occurrences and industries. Studies on the environment (past and present), radiocarbon dating, and Middle Bronze Age I finds are also included.
288 pages, 18 plates Price: $24.-

QEDEM 8 (1978)

RENATE ROSENTHAL & RENEE SIVAN: Ancient Lamps in the Schloessinger Collection

The large and varied collection of ancient lamps bequeathed by Mrs. Miriam Schaar-Schloessinger of New York to the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is classified and published in this volume. The 683 lamps (some of glass, bronze, and stone), 3 lamp molds and 11 lamp-fillers range in date from the Archaic Greek to the Islamic periods and in provenance from North Africa to India. The descriptions are accompanied by photographs and, in some cases, drawings. This volume is a useful reference work for students, archaeologists and aficionados of ancient lamps.
179 pages Price: $20.-

QEDEM 9 (1978)

EPHRAIM STERN: Excavations at Tel Mevorakh (1973-1976), Part One: From the Iron Age to the Roman Period

Although Tel Mevorakh is very small in area, its strategic location at the junction of the broad Sharon plain, the narrow Carmel coast, and Nahal Tanninim (Crocodile River) probably explains why the accumulation of artificial debris reaches a height of 8 meters and includes more than 15 strata. Strata I-II, the Crusader-Muslim cemetery and Roman remains, were found in the immediate vicinity of the mound, while Strata III-VIII, on the mound itself, cover the Hellenistic period to the late 11th century BCE, with settlement gaps in the 9th-6th and 3rd centuries BCE. Special studies on Phoenician architectural elements and neutron activation analysis of some painted Iron Age pottery supplement the presentation of the remains and finds by strata. Plans, sections, line drawings, and photographs extensively illustrate the report. The Bronze Age remains from Tel Mevorakh are published in Qedem 18 (1984).
205 pages, 46 plates Price: $20.-

QEDEM 10 (1979)

TRUDE DOTHAN: Excavations at the Cemetery of Deir el-Balah

Buried beneath 5-10 meters of sand dunes in the Gaza Strip lies a Late Bronze Age cemetery that originally contained at least 40 anthropoid clay coffins and large quantities of bronze, faience, and alabaster vessels, figurines, scarabs, jewelry of gold and semiprecious stones, and pottery from Mycenaean Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt, as well as local Canaanite vessels. Unfortunately, most of the graves had been plundered in clandestine digs over the years; some had even been robbed in antiquity. In this report, three excavated anthropoid coffins and their rich funerary offerings receive full publication. The skeletal remains of the nine individuals interred in these coffins are also analyzed. The concluding discussion refers to the larger picture of the cemetery gained through the illicitly dug finds as well as the excavated material. The volume is lavishly illustrated with photographs and line drawings.
114 pages Price: $20.-

QEDEM 11 (1979)

YIGAL SHILOH: The Proto-Aeolic Capital and Israelite Ashlar Masonry

This study, which begins with a comprehensive corpus of proto-Aeolic capitals and discussions of their origin, ornamentation, positioning, typology, and dating, also offers an examination of the special features and construction techniques at the royal centers of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Ashlar masonry, with which the proto-Aeolic capitals were closely associated, is analyzed in all its aspects and compared to the stone masonry of neighboring cultures. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the question of Phoenician influence on Israelite masonry.
134 pages, 36 plates Price: $20.-

QEDEM 12 (1980)

AMIHAI MAZAR: Excavations at Tell Qasile, Part One: The Philistine Sanctuary: Architecture and Cult Objects

The excavation of Tell Qasile, situated on a bank of the River Yarkon in north Tel Aviv, was resumed in 1971-1974. Area C proved to be the sacred area of the Philistine town, offering a unique opportunity to excavate a Philistine sanctuary that underwent a series of architectural changes in Strata XII-VII of the late 12th-late 10th centuries BCE. A thorough description of the architectural remains, with numerous plans and sections, is followed by a comparative study of temples in Syria-Palestine, Cyprus, and the Aegean. The rich assemblage of exotic cult objects, including anthropomorphic and zoomorphic vessels, masks, stands, kernoi and figurines, is presented in detail and their cultural connections are studied. Qedem 20 (1985) treats the pottery and small finds from Tell Qasile and discusses the chronological, cultural, and historical conclusions to be drawn from the excavations at the site.
194 pages, 40 plates Price: $20.-

QEDEM 13 (1981)

EHUD NETZER: Greater Herodium

The volcano-like profile of Herodium, founded by Herod the Great ca. 26 BCE, crowns the skyline south of Jerusalem. Following a review of the reports of explorers and itinerants who visited the site since the 15th century is a description of the discoveries made during the excavations at Lower Herodium in 1972, 1973, and 1978 * the pool complex, the large lower palace, the course and monumental buildings, the northern wing, and the roads, water systems, and boundaries of the site. The author, who is an architect and archaeologist, presents an exhaustive structural analysis of the mountain palace-fortress on the summit and a comprehensive discussion of the role, planning, and background of Greater Herodium. Contributions dealing with the pottery, inscriptions, frescoes, and coins are included in the report.
148 pages, 13 plates Price: $20.-

QEDEM 14 (1982)

RICHARD D. BARNETT: Ancient Ivories in the Middle East

Here, for the first time, is a general survey of ancient ivory work, of value to both the general reader and the specialist. The finds discussed in this volume come from a wide extent of countries from Spain to India and range in date from the late Chalcolithic period up to the establishment of the Byzantine empire. Topics explored include the elephant and ivory working, ivory workers, workshops, guilds, trade, and prices. The text features photographs (including many rare ones) of nearly 300 ivory objects, as well as line drawings and maps.
176 pages, 76 plates Price: $24.-

QEDEM 15 (1982)

SHULAMIT GEVA: Tell Jerishe: The Sukenik Excavations of the Middle Bronze Age Fortifications

The excavation of Prof. E.L. Sukenik at Tell Jerishe (in present-day Ramat Gan) was one of the pioneering archaeological undertakings during the days of the British Mandate; a final season took place in 1951. Since the excavator died before he could work on the stratigraphy and finds, the results of his labors did not receive the recognition due to them. During the 1951 season, Sukenik had concentrated on the fortifications, a combination of wall and glacis that was little known at the time. Three decades later, S. Geva accomplished the formidable task of publishing this important Middle Bronze II fortification complex. In order to clarify certain points, she conducted a short season at Tell Jerishe in 1976. Her stratigraphic and structural analysis is copiously illustrated with plans and sections from both the 1951 and 1976 excavations. A large collection of sherds from four strata is presented in order to establish the date of construction of the fortification complex.
74 pages, 16 plates Price: $15.-

QEDEM 16 (1983)

TRUDE DOTHAN & AMNON BEN-TOR: Excavations at Athienou, Cyprus, 1971-1972

The excavation at Athienou, Cyprus, was conducted as a study dig by the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its goal was to clarify the connections between Canaan and Cyprus in the Late Bronze-Iron Ages. This small inland site was an extremely important and rich settlement whose main strata span the 15th-12th centuries BCE. Athienou is outstanding in the variety of its finds, which testify to its close connections with the coastal centers of Cyprus and through them with the cities of the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean. The dominant feature of the excavation was the discovery of heaps containing thousands of votive vessels. This is the largest concentration of such vessels ever found in Cyprus and a clear-cut indicator of the cultic nature of the site. Moreover, the large amounts of ore and slag found together with copper-working installations point to the site's importance as a metal-working center. This symbiosis of cult and metal industry follows a well-known pattern in Cyprus.
198 pages, 48 plates Price: $24.-

QEDEM 17 (1983)

JAN GUNNEWEG, ISIDORE PERLMAN, & JOSEPH YELLIN: The Provenience, Typology and Chronology of Eastern Terra Sigillata

This is the first volume of Qedem in which laboratory techniques are shown to play a central role. After an introduction to the problems involved in deriving historically significant information from the large pottery group of Eastern Terra Sigillata (ETS), a rationale is presented for employing chemical fingerprinting by the use of neutron activation analysis. Analytical results on material from 27 sites in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, and Egypt are presented and conclusions are drawn about the provenience of ETS. The provenience is then used to classify ETS and deductions are made as to its chronology.
120 pages Price: $20.-

QEDEM 18 (1984)

EPHRAIM STERN: Excavations at Tel Mevorakh (1973-1976), Part Two: The Bronze Age

This is the second volume, following Qedem 9 (1978), of the final report on the excavations at Tel Mevorakh on the Carmel coast. The first settlement at the site was a rectangular Middle Bronze Age IIA fortress built of mudbricks and possibly established by the Egyptians. Later in the MB IIA the fortress was surrounded by residential buildings covering the entire mound. During the MB IIB the area was encircled by a high earthen rampart and a new military fortress housing a small garrison was built in the center. This fortress continued in use to the end of the Middle Bronze Age. In the Late Bronze Age three superimposed Canaanite sanctuaries occupied almost the entire area of the site, leaving no space for an ordinary settlement. It seems, therefore, that these structures were "road sanctuaries" for the use of travelers on the main road along the coast. The report deals with the various structures and finds of the Bronze Age discovered during the excavations.
217 pages, 47 plates Price: $24.-

QEDEM 19 (1984)

YIGAL SHILOH: Excavations at the City of David I, 1978-1982: Interim Report of the First Five Seasons

This comprehensive interim report presents the results of the excavation, the conclusions reached, and the main finds uncovered at the City of David in Jerusalem in the first five seasons of excavation. The report describes the stratigraphy, architecture, and main finds in each of the 11 excavated areas. In addition, the excavation and initial results of the renewed study of Warren's Shaft are described. The stratigraphic reports are followed by a comprehensive discussion of the nature and contents of each of the 21 strata identified, from the Chalcolithic period to the late dumps covering the eastern slope of the hill. The discussion focuses primarily on the finds from the Bronze and Iron Ages. Previous conclusions on the urban character of the entire city during the First and Second Temple periods are reviewed in light of the finds from the City and David and other important excavations near the Temple Mount and in the Jewish Quarter. The Hebrew and English texts are accompanied by 84 plans and 85 photographs.
144 pages, 41 plates Price: $24.-

QEDEM 20 (1985)

AMIHAI MAZAR: Excavations at Tell Qasile, Part Two: The Philistine Sanctuary: Various Finds, the Pottery, Conclusions, Appendixes

This volume concludes the final report on the excavations of the Philistine sanctuary at Tell Qasile, the first part of which was published in Qedem 12 (1980). The major part of the volume deals with the rich stratified assemblages of pottery found in the various sanctuaries and surrounding structures at the site. The pottery is discussed in the text with accompanying photographs according to a typological classification developed especially for the site, and presented by stratified architectural units in the 48 pottery figures. Computerized registration of all the sherds found in stratified loci has enabled a comprehensive catalogue of pottery finds from each locus. A separate chapter reports the results of neutron activation analysis made on a sample of pottery from Tell Qasile. Other chapters describe the various bronze, iron, ivory, alabaster, and stone artifacts and the beads and scarabs found in the sanctuary. Studies of plant remains, animal bones, sediments, brick composition, and textile remains are presented in the appendixes. The concluding chapter summarizes the contribution of the excavations at Tell Qasile to the study of the Iron Age in general and the Philistine culture in particular.
260 pages Price: $24.-

QEDEM 21 (1986)

LEE I. LEVINE & EHUD NETZER: Excavations at Caesarea Maritima 1975, 1976, 1979: Final Report

Caesarea Maritima, a large port city built by Herod and named in honor of Augustus, boasts a long and rich history spanning the Hellenistic to the Crusader periods. This volume is the first detailed scientific excavation report to be published on stratigraphic excavations carried out within the city limits. The site was dug by the authors in three seasons. The main area excavated was in the Crusader fortress, near the coast; five strata, from the early Roman to the Arab periods, were exposed. A unique promontory west of the theater and jutting out into the sea was uncovered; it appears to be the site on which Herod built his palace at Caesarea. This volume presents an overview of the history of archaeological excavations at Caesarea, a detailed stratigraphic report, and analyses of the ceramic and numismatic finds, as well as a discussion of the contribution of the archaeological finds to our understanding of the history of the city. A study of the important corpus of tesserae found at Caesarea over the years appears as an appendix.
208 pages Price: $24.-

QEDEM 22 (1986)

AVRAHAM NEGEV: The Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Pottery of Nabatean Oboda

Twelve hundred vessels found at Oboda (Avdat) in the Nabatean potter's workshop, in the fill of the podium of the Nabatean temple, in the ruins of a partly excavated Nabatean dwelling, in the large city dump, and in various other loci constitute the most complete corpus of pottery found on a Nabatean site and reveal the splendor of the Nabatean culture of the 1st century CE. Apart from the numerous imported vessels from all over the Roman empire, Oboda was an important production center of local pottery, which included the fine eggshell ware, sigillata, and innumerable types of plain ware. Most of the pottery pertains to the Middle Nabatean period (30 BCE*50-70 CE), when Oboda held a key position in the Nabatean caravan network. The meager finds of the early period, all imported from centers in the eastern Mediterranean, are in keeping with a site in transition between semi-nomadism and semi-sedentarization. An attempt has been made to classify the pottery not only by type but also by function.
145 pages Price: $24.-

QEDEM 23 (1986)

YIGAEL YADIN & SHULAMIT GEVA: Investigations at Beth Shean: The Early Iron Age Strata

The idea of renewing excavations at Beth Shean was conceived by Yigael Yadin in the context of his desire to gain a broader understanding of the Early Iron Age. After dealing with questions concerning this period during his excavations and studies of Hazor and Megiddo, he was convinced that in order to reexamine this period two further regions should be examined * the inland valleys and the coastal area. Beth Shean was chosen by him as the key site for the former region. The present volume presents the main results of this season of excavations, with detailed discussions of the pottery assemblages. The Early Iron Age was previously identified in three strata at the site; the renewed excavations resulted in the identification of an additional stratum of this period. A fresh reconstruction of the historical events and setting of the Early Iron Age in this part of the country may now be attempted.
96 pages Price: $24.-

QEDEM 24 (1987)

AMNON BEN-TOR & Y. PORTUGALI: Tell Qiri: Report of the Archaeological Excavations 1975-1977

This volume presents a detailed report of the excavations carried out in 1975-1977 at Tell Qiri in the Jezreel Valley, the first site excavated in the framework of the Yoqne`am Regional Project. The excavations revealed occupational levels of the Neolithic period, the Middle Bronze Age II, and from the Iron Age I to the Late Roman*Early Byzantine periods. Burial remains from the Late Muslim period were unearthed, as well as sporadic finds from the Chalcolithic, Early Bronze, Middle Bronze I, Late Bronze, Umayyad, Crusader, and Ottoman periods. The small, damaged and unimpressive site of Tell Qiri has revealed an astonishingly rich and diverse amount of remains from various periods. No less than 12 stratigraphic stages comprise the five major settlement strata spanning the entire Iron Age. An extensive analysis, employing various methods, has enabled the reconstruction of a small agricultural settlement within its environmental setting.
320 pages Price: $45.-

QEDEM 25 (1988)

YORAM TSAFRIR: Excavations at Rehovot-in-the-Negev, Vol. I: The Northern Church

Rehovot-in-the-Negev (Kh. Ruheibeh) was one of the largest desert cities in the central Negev during the Nabatean-Byzantine periods. This volume presents the final report of the excavation of the northern church, in addition to an introduction to the history, identification, and general description. The 5th-century church is of the triapsidal type and has a large crypt underneath its chancel. It is well dated by burial inscriptions and rich in artifacts and architectural fragments. The report includes chapters on the stratigraphy and architecture of the church, architectural fragments, pottery, glass, and coins, as well as publication of more than forty Greek inscriptions, the Arabic inscriptions, and the human skeletal remains found in the church. This amply illustrated volume is to date the most comprehensive publication devoted to the excavation of a single church in the Negev.
238 pages Price: $40.-

QEDEM 26 (1988)

AVRAHAM NEGEV: The Architecture of Mampsis, Final Report, Vol. I: The Middle and Late Nabatean Periods

Mampsis was the smallest of the traditional six Nabatean towns in the central Negev. The extensive exposure and exceptionally good preservation of its town plan in the Nabatean period offer a unique opportunity to study the lifestyle of its inhabitants. The defenses of Nabatean Mampsis consisted of towers, at least one of which was founded in the Middle Nabatean period. Other buildings underlying the Late Nabatean structures also belong to the Middle Nabatean period. Mampsis in the Late Nabatean period was densely covered by buildings, some of which are of an unusually high standard and demonstrate characteristic features of Nabatean architecture. They presumably belonged to wealthy citizens. One of them contains unique wall frescoes which are illustrated in color. Other structures of the Late Nabatean period include a caravanserai, a bath house, a market, and a public reservoir. The sophistication of its construction makes Mampsis an isolated Nabatean architectural jewel.
216 pages Price: $35.-

QEDEM 27 (1988)

AVRAHAM NEGEV: The Architecture of Mampsis, Final Report, Vol. II: The Late Roman and Byzantine Periods

This volume, the sequel to Qedem 26, continues the history of Mampsis. Unlike other towns in the central Negev, where ecclesiastical buildings form part of prosperous settlements built in the Late Roman-Byzantine period, at Mampsis they were imposed on a town built hundreds of years earlier. The author provides a historical discussion of the economic base of the town and addresses the problem of the early end of the town in the mid-6th century CE. Mampsis was the only Nabatean town to be surrounded by a city wall, probably built in the early 4th century. The presentation of the wall is followed by descriptions of the two Byzantine churches, the East Church and the West Church. A full numismatic report and a survey of the architectural decoration of all periods complete the volume.
134 pages Price: $25.-

QEDEM 28 (1989)

MYRIAM ROSEN-AYALON: The Early Islamic Monuments of al-Haram al-Sharif: An Iconographic Study

This study of the Early Islamic monuments on the Temple Mount (al-Haram al-Sharif * "The Noble Enclosure") focuses on three main aspects: the actual planning of each monument; the historical evidence relating to each monument and its interpretation; and the role each nonument was intended to play and the architectural expression of these roles. Recent architectural discoveries adjacent to the Temple Mount and elsewhere are used to further the study. The monuments are first examined individually with the aid of plans and photographs. A separate chapter is devoted to the decoration of the Dome of the Rock (with color plates of the mosaics in the drum of the dome). Finally, the iconographic scheme of the entire complex is examined. The author shows how all the beliefs and traditions of Paradise, Judgment Day, and Resurrection that were current in Islam were interlocked with the Rock at the center of al-Haram al-Sharif. The entire Islamic concept was grafted onto an intricate matrix of traditions inherited from pre-Islamic times, resulting in the great new enterprise initiated in the days of `Abd el-Malik.
90 pages Price: $25.-

QEDEM 29 (1989)

EILAT MAZAR & BENJAMIN MAZAR: Excavations in the South of the Temple Mount: The Opel of Biblical Jerusalem

From 1968 to 1977, large-scale excavations took place in Jerusalem along the southern wall of the Temple Mount and the southern portion of the western wall. In the area of the Ophel, south of the eastern Hulda Gate, remains of a royal building complex of the First Temple period were discovered. Further excavations took place in 1986 and 1987 to examine the royal building and its stratigraphy. This volume presents the major construction units of this area from the outset of construction in the First Temple period: two towers, a gate, and an adjacent royal building, apparently first built in the 9th century BCE. An additional chapter describes the rock-hewn "rooms," perhaps tombs, of the First Temple period discovered in the eastern slope of the western hill. The architectural description, with plans and photographs, is accompanied by pottery plates and by appendices on the clay figurines, Hebrew inscriptions and seals, a dendroarchaeological study, and animal and fish bone remains.
206 pages Price: $35.-

QEDEM 30 (1990)

DONALD T. ARIEL: Excavations at the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Vol. II: Imported Stamped Amphora Handles, Coins, Worked Bone and Ivory, and Glass

This is the first of the final reports of the excavations at the City of David directed by the late Prof. Yigal Shiloh, following the interim report published as Qedem 19. It presents the assemblages of selected groups of finds from all areas and periods of the site, fully illustrated with photographs and drawings. The volume opens with an In Memoriam to Yigal Shiloh, a bibliography of his publications and a stratigraphic summary of Strata 1-6 by Prof. Shiloh. The large assemblage of imported stamped amphora handles from the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods is published, with discussion of topics such as the contents and typology of the amphoras, the possible reasons for the decline in imports after the mid-2nd century BCE, and their origin according to neutron activation analysis. Chapters on coins of the Hellenistic through medieval periods, and worked bone and ivory artifacts from the Early Bronze Age through Byzantine periods (most from the Iron Age), follow. The publication of the glass fragments, most dating from the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods, is of particular interest in view of the evidence for early glass-blowing in Jerusalem.
208 pages Price: $35.-

QEDEM 31 (1990)

N. GOREN-INBAR: Quneitra: A Mousterian Site on the Golan Heights

The open-air Middle Paleolithic site of Quneitra, excavated in 1982-1983 and 1985, yielded abundant material which enabled multidisciplinary research on a broad range of archaeological, geological, and biological topics. The volume is an endeavor to describe the activities of a hunter-gatherer community seasonally occupying the shores of a freshwater lake. The archaeological horizon is characterized by a wealth of basalt and flint artifacts and manuports. In addition to the presentation of the stratigraphy of the site and thorough analyses of lithic technology, geological and geomorphological processes are studied. Hypotheses are formulated as to hominid procurement and subsistence behavior and taphonomic processes, and the paleoenvironment of the region is reconstructed from stratigraphic, geological, and faunal data. The fact that Quneitra is the only known Paleolithic entity in the Levant which is sealed by pyroclastic depositional material enabled radiometric dating of the site.
254 pages Price: $40.-

QEDEM 32 (1991)

A. NEGEV: Personal Names in the Nabatean Realm

The volume gives a comprehensive alphabetical index of personal names published since 1932 (or unpublished) appearing in Nabatean-Aramaic inscriptions in each of the four regions of the Nabatean realm. The occurrence of the name in related ancient Arabian languages is noted, with the Arabic form of the name, comments on its meaning, and comparison to equivalents found in Greek inscriptions. Analytical tables then present the names by region and by frequency in each region, and by names relating to different subjects (theophoric names, geographical and ethnic names, Greek and Roman names, occupational names, and names reflecting celestial bodies, animals, birds and reptiles, plants, spiritual qualities, and physical qualities. Special tables deal with the names of Egra and the Hauran, the relationship between Nabatean-Aramaic names and Safaitic names, Nabatean/Arabian names, and Nabatean/Arabian names in Greek form. The analytical tables are followed by a detailed commentary and by an epilogue presenting the historical conclusions arising from the Nabatean personal names.

240 pages Price: $40.-

QEDEM 33 (1992)

ALON DE GROOT & DONALD T. ARIEL (EDITORS): Excavations at the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Vol. III: Stratigraphical, Environmental, and Other Reports

This is the second of the final reports of the excavations at the City of David directed by the late Prof. Yigal Shiloh. The volume contains three parts. The first part consists of detailed stratigraphic reports on the excavations in four areas located in the southern part of the City of David and relating to the later periods: A1, A2, H and K. The second part comprises reports on macrobotanical remains, molluscs and fish remains found in all areas and periods of the City of David. The third part consists of reports on special groups of finds of later periods: Late Roman and Byzantine pottery from Areas H and K; Byzantine and medieval pottery from Areas A1 and G; chalk vessels of the Persian/Hellenistic and Early Roman periods from all parts of the City of David; and two jewelry molds from Areas H and K.
292 pages Price: $45.-

QEDEM 34 (1993)

O. BAR-YOSEF & N. GOREN-INBAR: The Lithic Assemblages of `Ubeidiya: A Lower Paleolithic Site in the Jordan Valley

This volume presents the results of the excavations carried out between 1960 and 1974 at `Ubeidiya. The site, located in the Dead Sea Rift, is composed of more than sixty archaeological horizons of Lower Pleistocene age (1.4 million years). The site reveals a complex geological structure in which tectonic movements have drastically tilted the deposits. The cultural remains are assigned to the Acheulian tradition, the earliest known manifestation of this industry outside Africa. Each archaeological horizon is described, and its lithic assemblages are presented in detail. Their typological, technical and stylistic characteristics are studies by means of attribute analysis. The analysis of the stone artifacts has important implications for the reconstruction of hominid behavior. The issue of the distinctive "living floors" is discussed and various interpretations of their formation, whether due to human or natural agencies, are offered. The unique importance of `Ubeidiya lies in the fact that it is the best-documented site in Eurasia that illustrates the spread of humankind from Africa into the rest of the world.
280 pages Price: $45.-

QEDEM 35 (1996)

DONALD T. ARIEL (EDITOR): Excavations at the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Vol. IV: Various Reports

This is the third of the final reports of the excavations at the City of David directed by the late Prof. Yigal Shiloh. The volume opens with a report on the City of David and its ancient subterranean waterworks, presenting the innovative hypothesis that the waterworks were constructed by following natural passages. It is followed by comprehensive reports on special groups of artifacts from all over the City of David, primarily from the earlier periods: ceramic figurines, loomweights and whorls, the groundstone industry, the weights from the Bronze Age to the Persian period, flint implements, gemstones, beads and pendants, and "Horus Eye" amulets. Reports on the bird and faunal remains from Areas A, D, H and K complete the volume. The presentation of these finds in one volume provides a wide-ranging view of the material culture of the City of David in the Biblical period.
352 pages Price: $52.-

QEDEM 36 (1997)

AVRAHAM NEGEV: The Architecture of Oboda: Final Report

The Nabatean site of Oboda (Avdat), excavated in 1958-1961, 1975-1977, and 1989, is renowned for its imposing architectural remains. The final report presents the architectural remains of the Nabatean sacred compound, of which the retaining walls, the temple court, the staircase tower, and the magnificent portal have survived, as well as the remains of a small temple identified with the deified King Obodas and discovered in 1989. Remains of the Late Roman period include a well-preserved tower, a patrician villa, and a burial cave. In the Late Roman-Byzantine period a citadel with walls and towers was built. Byzantine remains include the two churches constructed within the Nabatean sacred compound, a cave dwelling, a burial cave, and a bath house. Special reports describe the Late Roman and Byzantine architectural decoration, architectural elements in secondary use, coins, and small finds, including the splendid hoard of bronzes.

234 pages Price: $44.-

QEDEM 37 (1997)

A. MAZAR: Timnah (Tel Batash) I: Stratigraphy and Architecture

The site of Tel Batash is identified with Biblical Timnah, well known as the setting of the Samson stories. The final report of its stratigraphy and architecture provides a comprehensive picture of the history of the town. Its distinctive square shape and concave surface were determined by the ramparts of the Middle Bronze Age. The unwalled Late Bronze Age town contained several patrician houses. Philistine Timnah was a substantial and densely built-up site and the excavations provided evidence of the existence of a city wall. In the 10th century BCE the town was unwalled and sparsely settled, but the earliest phase of the city gate probably dates from this period. Timnah of the 8th-7th centuries BCE was defended by a stone wall and a city gate. The densely built-up town included large public buildings, private dwellings, and evidence of an olive oil industry. This two-part set consists of a text volume, lavishly illustrated by photographs and schematic plans, and a volume containing 107 detailed plans and sections.

284 pages + separate volume of plans and sections Price: $60.-

QEDEM 38 (1999)

YIZHAR HIRSCHFELD: The Early Byzantine Monastery at Khirbet ed-Deir in the Judean Desert: The Excavations in 1981-1987

Khirbet ed-Deir is one of the most isolated and remote monastic sites of the Judean Desert. The well-preserved remains of the monastery, founded in the late fifth or early sixth century CE, are concealed in a rocky gorge some 30 km south of Jerusalem. The preserved architectural remains, described in detail in the first chapter, include a stable, a gatehouse and hospice, a baptistery, a large cave church, a burial recess and chapel, a kitchen and refectory, living quarters, an elaborate water supply system and agricultural terraces. Subsequent chapters present all of the finds made at the site: the four Greek inscriptions, rich mosaic pavements, marble furnishings and fittings, fresco fragments, pottery vessels, glass and coins. The concluding chapter comprises a general discussion, placing the results of the excavations in the context of literary sources on monasticism in the Judean Desert and the remains of other monasteries in the region.
192 pages Price: $44.-

QEDEM 39 (1999)

YOSEF GARFINKEL: Neolithic and Chalcolithic Pottery of the Southern Levant

This volume establishes a coherent typological framework for the description and analysis of pottery products manufactured in the southern Levant from the sixth to the first half of the fourth millennia BCE, enabling the subdivision of the period into cultural phases and their classification into the Pottery Neolithic and Early, Middle and Late Chalcolithic periods. In the typological analysis the study concentrates on key sites and assemblages from clear archaeological contexts, presenting quantitative analyses wherever possible, though examples from a wide variety of sites are illustrated. Particular emphasis is placed on the regional character of the assemblages. Both relative and absolute chronologies are established, the latter based on the available radiometric datings. The volume is copiously illustrated with line drawings and photographs, presenting for the first time a complete picture of the pottery of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.
341 pages Price: $56.-

QEDEM 40 (2000)

D.T. ARIEL (ed.): Excavations in the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Vol. V: Extramural Areas

This volume comprises a report on excavation areas located outside the Canaanite-Israelite city wall of the City of David. First are stratigraphic reports of Areas B and D1, two of the four excavation areas located east of the city wall on the eastern slope of the City of David hill. They are followed by a report on pottery finds from the two areas and a discussion that focuses on the most significant aspect of the finds in all four areas, namely the existence of extramural quarters in part of the Israelite period (especially Stratum 12). This volume concentrates on finds from the major strata from the City of David, from the Iron Age. The material presented here will contribute to a clearer understanding of biblical Jerusalem, for which, despite the large number of excavations there, well-documented archaeological data are still rare.
182 pages Price: $40.-

QEDEM 41 (2000)

D.T. ARIEL (ed.): Excavations in the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Vol. VI: Inscriptions

This volume presents the inscribed finds and related material from all areas and strata of the City of David excavations. Chapters are devoted to Hebrew and Aramaic inscriptions, inscribed pottery, Hebrew bullae, bullae with figurative decoration, Lmlk seal impressions and concentric circles, a Hebrew seal and seal impressions, rosette-stamped handles, incised handles, and locally stamped handles and associated body fragments of the Persian and Hellenistic periods. Appendices are devoted to an Arabic ostracon and potsherds with incised South Arabian letters. A concordance to Volumes V–VI of the City of David reports (Qedem 40 and 41) concludes the volume.
204 pages Price: $48.-

QEDEM 42 (2001)

AMIHAI MAZAR AND NAVA PANITZ-COHEN: Timnah (Tel Batash) II: The Finds from the First Millennium BCE

This second two-volume set of the final report on the excavations at Timnah (Tel Batash) in the northern Shephelah of Judah presents the pottery and other finds from the first millennium BCE, i.e. the Iron Age II and the Persian period (Strata IV–I), with a few stray finds of the Hellenistic period. The major part of the text volume is devoted to detailed typological and comparative discussion of the pottery, accompanied by examination of aspects such as surface treatment, provenience, and distribution by stratum and in particular architectural units. In the remainder of the volume different classes of finds are presented: these include inscriptions and seal impressions, figurative clay objects, metal objects, stone objects, and various other classes of small finds. The concluding chapter presents additional conclusions that stem from the material presented in the volume, exploring issues relating to chronology, geopolitics and the Iron Age society and economy. The plates volume contains 106 plates of drawings of pottery and other objects, arranged according to homogeneous architectural units or groups of loci of similar stratigraphic nature in each of the excavation areas.
Text volume 320 pages; plates volume 220 pages Price: $64

QEDEM 43 (2003)

EILAT MAZAR: The Temple Mount Excavations in Jerusalem 1968–1978 Directed by Benjamin Mazar
Final Reports Vol. II: The Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods

This volume is the second of the final reports on the excavations carried out under the direction of Benjamin Mazar in 1968–1978 (the first volume was published as Qedem 29). The excavations at the foot of the southern wall and the southeast corner of the enclosure of the Temple Mount were conducted on a huge scale and eventually extended over an area of about eight acres. Part One of the present volume presents the architecture and finds of three Byzantine structures in Areas XV and XVII. Part Two presents the “House of the Menorot”, a Byzantine and Early Islamic building in Area VI. Part Three presents three probably residential structures of the Byzantine period in Areas III and XII. The architectural description of these structure is accompanied by presentation of their rich assemblages of finds. Separate chapters are devoted to special groups of finds from the excavations: pottery vessels, pottery and glass lamps, coins and flan molds, an ossuary, inscriptions, stamped roof tiles and bricks, ecclesiastical furniture, arms and pottery figurines.

256 pages $48.-

QEDEM 44 (2004)

R. TALGAM AND Z. WEISS: The Mosaics of the House of Dionysos at Sepphoris Excavated by E. M. Meyers, E. Netzer and C. L. Meyers

The size and artistic richness of the mosaic in the triclinium of the House of Dionysos, and the diversity of the depictions relating to Dionysos and his cult as actually celebrated in the Roman period, as well as the complex relationship between Dionysos and Herakles reflected in some of the floor’s panels, make it outstanding among the finds from Sepphoris. Chapters in this volume present an overview of the other mosaic floors of the same general period in Israel and Jordan; the building itself and the architectural and archaeological data (including the pottery) provided by its excavation; a detailed description of the Dionysiac mosaic and its iconography; a stylistic analysis of the mosaic with comparisons to other mosaics in the region and discussion of the evidence for its dating; the technical features of the mosaic; the mosaics found in the other parts of the structure; and the unique decorative program of the mosaic and its implications, the value of the mosaic as a historical and cultural source, and the questions of its ownership and purpose.

170 pages incl. 16 color plates Price: $36.-

QEDEM 45 (2006)

NAVA PANITZ-COHEN AND AMIHAI MAZAR (Eds.): Timnah (Tel Batash) III: The Finds from the Second Millennium BCE

This third and final volume of the final reports on the excavations at Timnah (Tel Batash) between 1977 and 1989 presents the finds from the second millennium BCE (Strata XII-V), together with some specialized reports on particular categories of finds from the entire stratigraphic sequence. This is one of the richest known sequences of stratified finds, spanning a period of about 700 years, from the Middle Bronze IIB until the end of Iron Age I. The pottery assemblages and the other finds published here have important implications for many issues treated in studies of the second millennium BCE, such as the gradual change in the local material culture during this time range, the transition between the Middle and Late Bronze and between the Late Bronze and Iron I, household organization, settlement ranking and cultural interaction in the Late Bronze, and the relationship of this peripheral town in the northern Shephelah with the great nearby political centers of Gezer (during the Middle and Late Bronze) and Tel Miqne-Ekron (during Iron I).

516 pages $64.-

QEDEM 46 (2007)

EILAT MAZAR: The Temple Mount Excavations in Jerusalem 1968-1978 Directed by Benjamin Mazar, Final Reports Vol. III: The Byzantine Period

This volume is the third of the final reports on the excavations carried out under the direction of Benjamin Mazar in 1968-1978 (the first and second volumes were published as Qedem 29 and 43). The excavations at the foot of the southern wall and the southeast corner of the enclosure of the Temple Mount were conducted on a huge scale and eventually extended over an area of about eight acres. The present volume, like the second, deals with the Byzantine period, relating to a further four large structures and the city wall, and summarizing the general characteristics of the Byzantine neighborhood to the south of the Temple Mount compound. Two of the buildings were used during the Byzantine period and were most likely abandoned with the violent Persian conquest and destruction of the city in 614 CE. The two other buildings, however have been dated to within the fourth or perhaps the early fifth century C, and the termination of these buildings should perhaps be related to the construction of the city wall nearby. All four buildings are fully presented with their pottery assemblages and other noteworthy finds.

QEDEM 47 (2007)

Y. GARFINKEL and D. DAG: Neolithic Ashkelon (2008)

As a result of development work in the Israeli coastal town of Ashkelon, salvage excavations were conducted in 1997 and 1998 in an area in which Neolithic remains had been uncovered in the 1950s by Jean Perrot. The new excavations achieved a horizontal exposure of some 800 square meters and revealed, apart from meager material of the Epi-Paleolithic, Late Chalcolithic, and Roman/Byzantine periods, an extensive occupation dating from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C. This occupation was characterized by a single wall and numerous pits, hearths, and animal bones. The excavated area yielded a large sample of flint items, enabling a comprehensive analysis of the industry. The numerous mammal bones shed light on the rise of pastoral societies in the southern Levant. The assemblage of fish bones points to the beginning of intensive exploitation of marine resources. Human remains attest to mortuary practices. Exotic and other imported items reflect long-distance exchange networks. Altogether, the excavation of Ashkelon has brought to light a vivid picture of a PPNC community that lived on the Mediterranean coast some nine thousand years ago.

352 pages Price: $56.-

QEDEM 48 (2007)

Y. HIRSCHFELD and O. GUTFELD: Excavations in the House of Bronzes, Final Report, Volume I: Architecture, Stratigraphy and Small Finds (2008)

This volume is the first of the two-volume final report of the salvage excavations carried out in Tiberias in 1998. The main architectural remains are those of a well-built quarter of the Fatimid period displaying evidence of urban planning. One of the structures was named “The House of the Bronzes” after the hoard of hundreds of bronze vessels, as well as parts of vessels and scrap, found in three large pottery vessels, two sunk under the floor and the third placed behind a wall. This was most likely a workshop engaged in the repair and production of metal vessels. The pithoi also contained 85 coins, most of them Byzantine coins dated 976–1078 CE. Consequently, the hoard appears to have been deposited at the end of the eleventh century. It is the largest and richest assemblage of Fatimid-period vessels ever excavated. The current volume deals with the architecture and stratigraphy of the site, as well as presenting reports on the finds other than the metal vessels of the hoard: coins, pottery, glass, bone and stone items, archaeozoological remains and shells. It also includes scientific analyses of the metal vessels and the coins. A second volume (by E. Khamis) to be published shortly will present the vessels of the metalwork hoard.

220 pages Price: $56.-

QEDEM 49 (2010)

T. DOTHAN and B. BRANDL: Deir el-Balah: Excavations in 1977-1982 in the Cemetery and Settlement. Vol. 1: Stratigraphy and Architecture

This volume and the companion volume Qedem 50 comprise the final report of the excavations carried out at Deir el-Balah in the Gaza Strip. The excavations in the cemetery continued those carried out in 1972-3, which uncovered three anthropoid coffins and rich burial offerings; the later excavations uncovered a further anthropoid coffin and numerous simple burials. The excavations in the settlement uncovered remains of a large Egyptian-type administrative residence of the Amarna period, an Egyptian-type military fortress of the period of Seti I constructed on the remains of the residence, and a large industrial complex of the 13th century BCE, followed by later strata lacking architectural remains. Vol. I contains a description of the excavation of the cemetery and its finds, a stratigraphic presentation of the remains of the settlement site, a discussion of the Egyptian character of the architecture at the site, and chapters on the kilns area in the settlement and the geological background of the site.

328 pages + 12 plans in separate box Price: $72.-

QEDEM 50 (2010)

T. DOTHAN and B. BRANDL: Deir el-Balah: Excavations in 1977-19v82 in the Cemetery and Settlement. Vol. II: The Finds

Vol. II of the final report on the excavations in the cemetery and settlement of Deir el-Balah discusses the finds from the excavations. First comes a typological presentation of the ceramic finds, in which the Late Bronze Age pottery is discussed by category and the ceramic finds of the later periods are presented by stratum. Next various chapters present the other finds. Finally, the site is placed in its context in a historical discussion.

452 pages Price: $64.-

QEDEM 51 (2010)

OREN GUTFELD: Ramla: Excavations North of the White Mosque

The present volume presents the results of probe and salvage excavations carried out in several areas north of the White Mosque in Ramla. The archaeological remains discovered reflect a clear stratigraphic/chronological continuity from the first half of the eighth until the eleventh century. The rich finds from the excavation contribute much to the understanding of Ramla's historical and urban development. Chapters are devoted to the extensive assemblages of pottery, glass, coins, metal artifacts, metallurgical remains, stone vessels, clay figurines, and bone artifacts. To date, this is the largest and most comprehensive of the archaeological reports published on excavations in Ramla, and it is sure to serve as a tool for a wide range of future scholarly research.

348 pages Price: $60.-

QEDEM 52 (2011)

EILAT MAZAR: The Temple Mount Excavations in Jerusalem 1968-1978 Directed by Benjamin Mazar, Final Reports Volume IV: The Tenth Legion in Aelia Capitolina

Building remains and many finds dating from the second and third centuries CE were revealed during the excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount enclosure. These finds furnish good reason to suppose that on the foundation of Aelia Capitolina in the second century CE, the camp of the Tenth Legion was moved from its original location on the Western Hill to the Temple Mount enclosure and the area at the foot of its southwestern corner. This volume presents buildings revealed in the excavations that were apparently major structures of the Tenth Legion's camp, such as a large military-style bathhouse and a bakery. Other finds attesting to the presence of the legion include a bread stamp, inscriptions, gemstones, marble statuary, metal finds, and above all more than 240 stamp impressions of the Tenth Legion, some found in situ on broken bricks of the ovens in the bakery or on complete bricks in the floor of the bathhouse. The volume also presents the rich pottery assemblages found in the various buildings.

360 pages Price: $60.-

QEDEM 53 (2012)

ALON DE GROOT AND HANNAH BERNICK-GREENBERG: Excavations at the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Volume VIIA: Area E: Stratigraphy and Architecture

Area E is the largest of the City of David’s excavation areas, situated in the middle of the steep eastern slope of the ridge. The excavations presented many stratigraphic problems arising from the building of structures on a slope and the erosion of the area. Despite this, the excavations revealed an impressive sequence of architectural remains: a terrace system and cist grave cemetery of the Hellenistic period, restricted but significant finds of the Persian period, limited remains of Iron Age IIA and extensive Iron Age IIB structures adjacent to the Iron Age city wall, important remains of the Middle Bronze Age including a massive city wall, and well-preserved dwellings of the Early Bronze Age (the earliest architectural remains so far published from Jerusalem). The text volume with photographs and figures is accompanied by a separate volume containing folded plans and sections.

256 pages (text volume) + 80 pages (plans volume); Price $72.00.

QEDEM 54 (2012)

ALON DE GROOT AND HANNAH BERNICK-GREENBERG: Excavations at the City of David 1978-1985 Directed by Yigal Shiloh, Volume VIIB: Area E: The Finds

This is the companion volume to Qedem 53, devoted to the finds of the excavations in Area E. Chapters are devoted to detailed study of the pottery assemblages of the Hellenistic period, Persian period, Iron Age IIA and IIB, Middle Bronze Age, and Early Bronze Age and earlier periods. Each of these chapters is accompanied by photographs of the pottery, typological figures and figures showing the assemblages of key loci. Other chapters are devoted to reports on the human remains from the Hellenistic cemetery; scarabs, scaraboids, other stamp seals and seal impressions; and a stone cosmetic palette. Further chapters report in summary fashion on Late Bronze Age pottery, miscellaneous pottery finds, small finds and varia, and metal artifacts.

424 pages; Price: $64.00.

QEDEM 55 (2013)

ELIAS KHAMIS: The Fatimid Metalwork Hoard from Tiberias (Tiberias: Excavations in the House of the Bronzes Final Report, Volume II)

This volume deals with a metalwork hoard of the Fatimid period comprising about a thousand bronze vessels discovered in excavations directed by the late Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld and Dr. Oren Gutfeld. The hoard, dated to the end of the eleventh century, was discovered within three pottery pithoi in a structure defined by the excavators as a metal workshop. This volume illustrates and describes the items of the hoard, comparing them to parallels from excavations in various sites in the Muslim world and from private collections. The vessels of the hoard are found to be typical in form and decoration of the Fatimid period in the eastern Mediterranean and display a marked resemblance to the contemporary hoard found at Caesarea. The wealth of the hoard testifies to the prosperity of Tiberias in the Fatimid period.

440 pages (16 in color); Price: $64.00.

QEDEM 56 (2016)

A. ZARZECKI-PELEG: Yadin's Expedition to Megiddo. Final Report of the Archaeological Excavations (1960, 1966, 1967 and 1971/2 Seasons)

This volume publishes the results of the excavations conducted at Tel Megiddo by Yigael Yadin in four short seasons (1960, 1966, 1967 and 1971–2). The expedition’s main focus was the northeastern sector of the mound, where excavation uncovered the remains of an extensive public structure attributed to Stratum VA–IVB, which was named “Palace 6000”. Additional probes were carried out in Area C in the southwestern part of the mound, intended to examine the stratigraphic connection with Gallery 629 and the cave of the spring, and Sounding 2153 in the area of the staircase outside the outer Iron Age gate.
Based on the surviving documentation, the volume presents the architectural remains and ceramic assemblages uncovered in the excavation, together with the hoard of small finds (Stratum VIA) found below “Palace 6000”. The author presents Yadin’s conclusions as well as her own interpretation of the results of the excavation, and offers a new stratigraphic analysis of some previously published Iron Age II remains excavated by other expeditions.

Two volumes: Text: 333 pages; Plans and Sections: 12 foldouts. Price: $80


(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 landsnails, and botanical and faunal remains.

498 pages $80.-


AMNON BEN-TOR, ANABEL ZARZECKI-PELEG AND SHULAMIT COHEN-ANDIJAR: 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)

438 pages $80.-


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

212 pages $52.-


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.-