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Department of Archaeology I Faculty of Humanities I University of Haifa

Bet Yerah

Bet Yerah is an Early Bronze Age I–III site located on the southwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Architectural remains at the site are extensive and reflect a transition to urbainism. While the groundstone tools from recent excavations are still being studied and are unpublished, the assemblage as a whole is important for understanding differences in the use of groundstone tools throughout the Early Bronze Age as well as differences in the use of ground stone tools between the local and KKW populations. The published groundstone tools assemblage includes many grinding tools, vessels, perforated items and grooved items alongside a few pestles. These are produced overwhelmingly from limestone and basalt.

Relevant publications:

Rosenberg, D. and Greenberg, R. 2014. The stone assemblages. In: Greenberg, R. (ed.). Bet Yerah: The Early Bronze Age Mound (Vol. 2) Urban Structure and Material Culture. 1933–1986 Excavations, Pp. 189–234. IAA Reports 54, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.

Rosenberg, D. and Chasan, R. 2018. The characteristics and significance of prestige goods during the Early Bronze Age period of the southern Levant: The particular case of the four-handled basalt vessels phenomenon. Quaternary International 464: 241–259.