Happily ever after? A Hellenistic hoard from Tel Kedesh in Israel

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A hoard of objects was found in 2008, buried under a floor pavement of a room in the Hellenistic administrative building at Tel Kedesh in northern Israel. The hoard consists of an Eros terracotta figurine, glass astragals and gaming pieces, writing paraphernalia made of metal, and a hairpin. In this article, I explore the hoard, its meaning, and its context in terms of findspot and the geographical location of the site on the periphery of Hellenistic Phoenicia. Based on the objects from the hoard, as well as on literary and visual sources from the Hellenistic world and particularly from the southern Levant, I argue that the objects were the property of a young, upper-class bride who buried them as part of a premarriage ritual.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-59
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Journal of Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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