Salvage Excavation Report No. 8

Salvage8The Bronze Age Cemetery at Ara

Authors: Yuval Gadot, David Ilan, Yotam Tepper and Eli Yannai
Editors: Yuval Gadot
Contributors: Guy Bar-Oz, Daphna Ben-Tor, Nirit Kedem, Othmar Keel, Netta Lev-Tov Chattah Yossi Nagar, Sarit Paz, Joe Uziel, Lior Weissbrod, Naama Yahalom-Mack, Assaf Yasur-Landau and Irit Ziffer

Documents the trials, tribulations–and successes— of a student dig in all its fascinating twists and turns. The excavation at the Bronze Age cemetery at ‘Ara is packed with drama, frustration and triumph, and has much to teach young students embarking on their own salvage digs—to say nothing of its value as an excavation report.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1: Reflections: An Excavation Chronicle
David Ilan and Yuval Gadot                

Chapter 2: Environment, Historical Background and Methodology
Yuval Gadot          

Chapter 3: Tomb Descriptions and Artifact Distribution
Yuval Gadot and Yotam Tepper        

Chapter 4: The Human Skeletal Remains
Yossi Nagar and Netta Lev-Tov Chattah           

Chapter 5: Local Pottery of the Middle and Late Bronze Ages
Yuval Gadot, David Ilan and Joe Uziel              

Chapter 6: The Imported Vessels
Eli Yannai              

Chapter 7: Two Mycenaean Vessels
Assaf Yasur-Landau

Chapter 8: Middle and Late Bronze Scarabs
Daphna Ben-Tor and Othmar Keel   

Chapter 9: A Mitannian Cylinder Seal
Irit Ziffer               

Chapter 10: The Metal Objects
Naama Yahalom-Mack        

Chapter 11: The Beads
Sarit Paz

Chapter 12: A Female Plaque Figurine
Sarit Paz

Chapter 13: Miscellaneous Finds
Nirit Kedem          

Chapter 14: The Large Animal Remains from Tomb I
Guy Bar-Oz and Lior Weissbrod       

Chapter 15: Microvertebrate Remains from Tomb I
Lior Weissbrod and Guy Bar-Oz       

Chapter 16: Conclusions
David Ilan, Yuval Gadot and Joe Uziel