Canaanean Blade Production at Fazael 4 and the Tal`at `Amreh Quarry

Katia Zutovski, Shay Bar

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This study explores the multi-stage specialized production of long and standard Canaanean flint blades for composite sickles in light of recent findings from the Early Bronze Age Canaanean blade workshop at Fazael 4, and the uncovering of a related flint quarry at Tal`at `Amreh Mountain. The new discovery presents a rare opportunity to explore all stages of production from raw material acquisition to the finished Canaanean blades. This study addresses methodological aspects of establishing a link between a quarry and a workshop, efforts invested in flint procurement and transportation, the scale and organization of production, and the economic benefits of the Canaanean blade industry as a specialized production trajectory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-37
Number of pages15
JournalLithic Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Canaanean blade technology
  • Early Bronze Age
  • Flint quarry
  • flint workshop
  • southern Levant
  • specialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology


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