The Dating of the "Foot-Shaped" Enclosures in the Jordan Valley

Shay Bar, Dror Ben-Yosef

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Two very large enclosures discovered by the Manasseh Hill Country Survey, Bedhat esh-Sha’ab and Yafit (3), were excavated in the Jordan Valley, and their founding was dated to the Iron Age I. They were interpreted as tribal cultic gathering sites, and due to their shape they were grouped together with other, similar survey sites under the name “foot-shaped” or “sandal-shaped” enclosures. Recently, some questions arose regarding the dating of the two sites. This paper addresses these questions and presents additional relevant data on the dating of these two sites and other Iron Age enclosures recently found in the Jordan Valley and eastern Samaria (מתוך המאמר)
Translated title of the contributionהתיארוך של "מתחמים דמויי כף רגל" בבקעת הירדן
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)*5-*20
Journalמחקרי יהודה ושומרון
Volumeכרך ל
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note


IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Archaeological dating
  • Archaeological surveying
  • Iron age
  • Jordan Valley (Israel)
  • Ramot Menashe (Israel)
  • Yafit (West Bank)


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