This volume presents a layer-by-layer account of the discoveries from the six Iron Age strata (12th through 5th centuries B.C.) at Tell Hesban, Jordan, with regional survey data from its immediate vicinity. Discoveries are interpreted in light of cultural, ethnological, and natural-science data as well as historical events. Implications of these finds for an understanding of the history of the biblical tribe of Reuben and the tribal kingdoms of Ammon and Moab are also examined. It includes a summary of the site and the surrounding region during the Late Bronze Age and Hellenistic periods as well as a chapter on the history of the excavation methodology of the Heshbon Expedition. There are numerous plans, photographs and pottery plates. The ceramic discussion compares the pottery of Tell Hesban with similar Iron Age forms found elsewhere in the Levant. The volume includes appendices of all loci, objects and faunal remains found in the Iron Age strata. An index is provided. Illustrations include 68 figures, 37 plates, and 7 tables.
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Preface by Řystein Sakala LaBianca
Foreword by Randall W. Younker
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Evolution of the Archaeological Methodology at Tell Hesban
Chapter 3: Chronology
Chapter 4: Hesban and Vicinity in the Late Bronze Age
Chapter 5: Hesban and Vicinity in Iron I
Chapter 6: Hesban and Vicinity in Iron II
Chapter 7: Hesban and Vicinity in the Hellenistic Period
Chapter 8: Conclusions
Appendix A: Abbreviated Locus List for Strata 21-16
Appendix B: Tell Hesban Objects for Strata 21-16
Appendix C: Fauna Summary List for Strata 21-16