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An Examination of Middle Bronze Age II Typology and Sequence Dating in Palestine, with Particular Reference to the Tombs of Jericho and Fara (South)

Williams, DP; (1975) An Examination of Middle Bronze Age II Typology and Sequence Dating in Palestine, with Particular Reference to the Tombs of Jericho and Fara (South). Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The thesis la concerned with the study of sequence Dating in the MBII tombs of Palestine, particularly those from Jericho and Tell Fara (South). In Chapter One. I have briefly discussed current views on the absolute, chronology of the MBII, more to assess the length of time the period covers than to proscribe its precise dates. In chapter two. I have sought to examine the system of relative chronology in the MBII which Kenyon has proposed for the Jericho tombs. The meaning of typological variation is discussed; Kenyon's chronological arguments are analysed and the application of her technique is shown. In an attempt objectively to test her hypothesis, potential statistical methods are investigated and a selection of suitable deposits is made for experimentation. These deposits are then subjected to a multi-variant trait analysis using multidimensional scaling. The results indicate an insufficient degree of difference in the deposits; they appear to be Virtually indistinguishable from one another. In chapter three. I have republished the MBII tombs from Tell Fara. particularly Petrie’s '500' cemetery in order to investigate the tombs of this period in more detail. I have redrawn all the available objects and attempted to clarity the confusion which surrounds each tomb. Plans, sections and drawings are grouped by tomb by tomb. In the final chapter, I have compared and contrasted Fara with Jericho. At Fara, I certain unique features' of the tombs do not seem to fit readily into the Jericho typological system. It is therefore proposed that such typological change in the MBII may well be a function of local variation rather than of chronological difference

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: An Examination of Middle Bronze Age II Typology and Sequence Dating in Palestine, with Particular Reference to the Tombs of Jericho and Fara (South)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by EThOS.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546322
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