An Elite Middle Bronze IIA Warrior Tomb from Yehud, Central Coastal Plain, Israel

Gilad Itach, Dor Golan, Shirly Ben Dor Evian

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A salvage excavation held at the city of Yehud (Israel) revealed an unusual burial of the Middle Bronze (MB) IIA period. The grave was isolated from other MB burials in the Yehud area and was exceptionally large and rich in terms of the types and diversity of burial offerings, which included pottery vessels, metal objects, and animal bones. An outstanding find among the burial goods was an anthropomorphic jug whose neck was shaped in the form of a seated figure supporting its head with the right hand, evoking the image of Rodin’s “Le Penseur.” This paper presents the grave and offerings uncovered in the excavation and an interpretation of these finds, along with a discussion of the grave within the wider context of Middle Bronze Age burials in Yehud and beyond, suggesting it was associated with an elite warrior, who served most likely as a local leader.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-179
Number of pages27
JournalBulletin of ASOR
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Middle Bronze Age
  • Yehud
  • anthropomorphic jug
  • burial
  • southern Levant
  • warrior tomb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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