Six excavation seasons conducted between 1997-2003 at Tel Rehov south of Beth Shean revealed rich data related to the 12th-8th centuries BCE. In Area D, six stratigraphic phases (D-7 to D-3) relate to the Iron Age I. Occupation layers of the Iron Age IIA were explored in Areas B, C, D, E, F and G. In each of these areas, three to four stratigraphic phases from this period were found. The correlation between the various areas is not an easy task, yet we suggested strata numbers which, though tentative, provide a general stratigraphic framework for the entire site. All three strata, VI-IV, produced typical pottery assemblages. The pottery of Stratum VI differs from the later two later in details, yet all three belong to the Iron IIA horizon. The rich assemblages from Strata V-IV are identical to those found in Strata VB and VB-IVA at Megiddo and related sites and thus the correct dating of Tel Rehov strata is crucial for the ongoing debate over the chronology of the Iron Age in the Southern Levant.
|Title of host publication||The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating|
|Subtitle of host publication||Archaeology, Text and Science|
|Publisher||Equinox Publishing Ltd|
|Number of pages||63|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2005|