A MIDDLE BRONZE AGE II BURIAL CAVE AT BEIT Ṣafafa, JERUSALEM

Nathan Ben-Ari, Alexander Wiegmann

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Abstract

The Cave 1 burial assemblage is typical of MB II, comrising part of a standardized burial kit essential for the burial process and the wellbeing of the deceased. A few prestige items suggest that at least one high-ranking individual was interred within the cave. The MB II pottery assemblage shows close affinities with other central hill country burial sites such as Bethany and Efrata and to some of the burial caves at Jericho, in the Jordan Valley. The Cave 1 assemblage at Beit Safafa shows no continuation from MB II to MB III, and was apparently in use for a short period, probably in the early to middle stages of MB II. The Intermediate Bronze Age potsherds scattered near Cave 3 seem to indicate that Caves 1 and 2 were quarried into an earlier Intermediate Bronze Age burial ground.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalATIQOT
Volume106
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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