Exploring the dimensions of Chalcolithic settlements in the southern Levant - A geomagnetic survey on Tel Tsaf, Israel

Christian Horn, Florian Klimscha, Danny Rosenberg

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Abstract

The actual size and internal structure and layout of prehistoric settlements during the periods of rising social complexity have only been scarcely researched. New tools and research strategies enable to extract data that previously necessitated long-term excavation. A geomagnetic survey at the Middle Chalcolithic site of Tel Tsaf in the central Jordan valley resulted in an unexpected large size of the settlement, a high number of possible structures for storage as well as numerous signals outside the settlement mound itself. This paper presents the data and gives a first interpretation based on analogies from excavated contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-390
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume24
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to extend our thanks to A. Hill for his aerial survey and the aerial photo of the excavation. We also thank B. Breske and S. Schultrich who were always in good spirit doing most of the walking in the field. We also extend our thanks to the two anonymous peer reviewers of this contribution for their very helpful comments. All errors remain of course with the authors. The Tel Tsaf research project is generously supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Irene Levi-Sala CARE Foundation , and the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel ( GSC 208 ).

Funding Information:
We would like to extend our thanks to A. Hill for his aerial survey and the aerial photo of the excavation. We also thank B. Breske and S. Schultrich who were always in good spirit doing most of the walking in the field. We also extend our thanks to the two anonymous peer reviewers of this contribution for their very helpful comments. All errors remain of course with the authors. The Tel Tsaf research project is generously supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Irene Levi-Sala CARE Foundation, and the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (GSC 208).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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