Reconstructing socio-political urban-rural interactions using viewshed analysis: The Late Bronze Age at Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel

Yitzhak Paz, Michal Birkenfeld

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Abstract

The archaeological research conducted during the last two decades at the Judean Shephelah testifies for one of the most turbulent regions in the land of Israel during the Late Bronze Age. This stands in contrast to the scarce historical record that relates to it. The geographic region of Ramat Bet Shemesh encompasses important information about socio-political relations between the small rural settlements and hamlets and the city-states that dominated the area from the west. Advanced GIS modelling is one of the main research tools that enables us to reconstruct various aspects of these interactions. In this paper, the results of viewshed analyses are presented, suggesting that these interactions are defined, among other things, by a solidarity between small rural occupations that resist territorial rigid inner division of the landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-244
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Landscape Ecology(Czech Republic)
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • City states
  • GIS
  • Late Bronze Age
  • Ramat Bet Shemesh
  • Rural villages
  • Viewshed Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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