Shlomit Bechar, Amnon Ben-Tor, Ido Wachtel, Daphna Ben-Tor, Elisabetta Boaretto, Philipp W. Stockhammer

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Hazor was one of the most important city states in the Late Bronze Age southern Levant and its fiercely final destruction has been of central scholarly interest for decades. Here, we present a novel perspective, which integrates multiple aspects for the end of Late Bronze Age Hazor. Our results show the complexity of Hazor’s end by integrating the stratigraphic analysis and comprehensive radiocarbon dating together with the study of local, Aegean-type and Egyptian objects from the recent decades of excavation at the site. Ultimately, we offer two different possible scenarios for the destruction of Hazor with regard to the date and the processes that led to the destruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-73
Number of pages29
JournalAgypten und Levante
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was partly funded by the Selz Foundation Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin and the Stevan B. Dana Archaeology Fund.

Funding Information:
Philipp W. Stockhammer’s research was funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research innovation programme (ERC-2015-StG 678901-Food-Transforms) as part of his ERC Starting Grant project “FoodTransforms: Transformations of Food in the Eastern Mediterranean Late Bronze Age”.

Funding Information:
The Radiocarbon research was supported by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science and George Schwartzman Fund.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien.


  • Aegean-type pottery
  • Destruction
  • Late Bronze Age
  • Radiocarbon
  • Ramses II
  • Tel Hazor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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