Crossing the Rift: Resources, Settlements Patterns and Interaction in the Wadi Arabah [Hardback]

Piotr Bienkowski (Author); Katharina Galor (Author)

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ISBN: 9781842172094 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Levant Supplementary Series | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2006 | Language: English 288p, H297 x W210 (mm) 144 b/w illus, 10 tabs

Crossing the Rift


Most of the papers published in this volume were originally presented at a conference of the same name, organised by the editors, and held in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2003. The Wadi Arabah falls between the two areas of southern Jordan and Negev, and has traditionally been seen as a barrier and border. This book (and the conference it came out of) is an attempt to look at this neglected area anew: bridge, rather than barrier.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Piotr Bienkowski and Katharina Galor)
The Wadi Arabah: Meanings in a contested landscape (Piotr Bienkowski)
Desert environment and geoarchaeology of the Wadi Arabah (Hendrik J Bruins)
The archaeological surveys in the Arabah reconsidered: Data and metadata (Moti Haiman)
Settlement patterns in the Wadi Arabah and the adjacent desert areas: A view from the Eilat region (Uzi Avner)
The southern Ghors and north-east Arabah: Resources, sites and routes (Burton MacDonald)
Cultural and geological influences on prehistoric site distributions in the Wadi Arabah (Donald O Henry)
Aspects of an Early Bronze Age II-III polity in the Dead Sea region (Yuval Yekutieli)
Mining archaeology and archaeometallurgy in the Wadi Arabah: The mining districts of Faynan and Timna (Andreas Hauptmann)
Copper trading networks across the Arabah during the later Early Bronze Age (Russell Adams)
The emergence and first development of Arabian trade across the Wadi Arabah (Michael Jasmin)
The Wadi Arabah in the Hebrew Scriptures (John R Bartlett)
'Down to the Sea': Nabataean colonisation in the Negev Highlands (Tali Erikson-Gini)
The Nabataean presence south of the Dead Sea: New evidence (Yizhar Hirschfeld)
Textiles, basketry, cordage and fruits from 'En Tamar: Preliminary report (Orit Shamir)
The Rujm Taba Archaeological Project (RTAP): Results of the 2001 survey and reconnaisance (Benjamin J Dolinka)
Roman organisation in the fourth century AD (Benjamin Isaac)
Roman Aila and the Wadi Arabah: An economic relationship (S Thomas Parker)
Were there gold mines in the eastern Arabah? (Ze'ev Meshel)
The Wadi Arabah during the early Islamic period (Donald Whitcomb)
Nineteenth-century travellers in the Wadi Arabah (Eveline J van der Steen)
Relations between Bedouin tribes on opposite sides of the Wadi Arabah, 1600-1950 (Clinton Bailey)

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