Logan Hunt Academic Year 2014/15

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015

Logan Hunt Academic Year 2014/15

Country: USA

Previous formal education: BA in Anthropology from Portland State University

International MA thesis track at Tel Aviv University: 

“A Middle Bronze Age Stone Tool Assemblage: Determining Function and Significance for Domestic Life at Tel Megiddo.”

Supervisor: Prof. Israel Finkelstein

On the floor of a domestic building in Area K at Megiddo a small assemblage of artifacts was uncovered dating to the Middle Bronze Age III. The assemblage was found in a roughly circular pile consisting of various stone tools, other small finds, and a ceramic lamp. While it was being excavated, sediment samples were taken to the on-site laboratory for testing. The results revealed the presence of pure kaolinite, a fine grained clay mineral and ochre, a common natural pigment. This method of on-site laboratory work made it possible to carefully excavate the remainder of the assemblage and to pay close attention to any minute sediments adhered to the surface of the artifacts.

The goal of this research is to understand the nature and function of the assemblage of artifacts. In order to clarify the exact nature of the assemblage a systematic testing of the sediment on and around the artifacts will be done with infrared spectroscopy (IR) and microscopy. Once the substances are known, hypotheses can be made about the function of the tools. In order to understand the assemblage and its context four topics will be investigated: ground stone tools, clays, pigments, and household archaeology. The information gained from comparing the assemblage and the results from the laboratory tests with the information from the Southern Levant and beyond concerning the various uses and examples of similar finds a determination concerning its function will result. Thus far an assemblage of artifacts like this has not been published from the Southern Levant and so affords a rare opportunity to better understand the domestic activities at Megiddo at the end of the Middle Bronze.