Tel Megiddo is a major type-site for the Middle Bronze in the Levant. During this period a new burial custom appeared in which the dead were interred beneath occupied houses. This tradition is well attested in Area K at the site. Area H, near the palatial complex, revealed a monumental masonry-constructed chamber tomb. This article presents the results of residue analysis conducted on ceramic vessels placed in these tombs as burial offerings. Hundreds of intramural Middle Bronze tombs with ceramic offerings were excavated in the Levant, but this is the first time the content of the vessels is revealed.
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors. Archaeometry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of University of Oxford.
- Middle Bronze
- burial offerings
- residue analysis
- social stratification
ASJC Scopus subject areas