Burial offerings in intramural tombs at Middle Bronze Age Megiddo

Ayala Amir, Rachel Kalisher, Melissa S. Cradic, Matthew J. Adams, Mario A.S. Martin, Ronny Neumann, Yuval Gadot, Israel Finkelstein

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1373
Number of pages21
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Archaeometry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of University of Oxford.


  • Megiddo
  • Middle Bronze
  • burial offerings
  • residue analysis
  • social stratification
  • wine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Archaeology


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