By Adam Zertal Z"l, Nivi Mirkam Z"l, Shay Bar

The quantity provides the result of an in depth survey of north-western Samaria in Israel/Palestine. it's the 3rd quantity of the Manasseh Hill state Survey courses. This undertaking, in development from 1978 and protecting 2500 sq. km, is a radical mapping of the archaeological-historical sector among the River Jordan and the Sharon undeniable and among Nahal 'Iron and the useless Sea. The survey is a worthwhile device for students of the Bible, Archaeology, close to jap background and different points of the Holy Land. This quantity describes the world among Nahal 'Iron (Wadi 'Ara) within the north and Nahal Shechem (Wadi She'ir) within the south. it's a absolutely revised and up to date model of the Hebrew e-book of 2000.

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The inner hill country, however, was covered with dense maquis, an obstacle to easy settlement in this period. As a result only a few of the fortified enclosures and tells were in the hills. Exceptional are those at Wadi el-Bir (Site 164) and Baṭn Umm Nari (Site 169), both situated geographical and settlement data 35 deep inside the hilly zone. The reason for their locations is probably the neighbouring water sources: however, there are also water sources with no Early Bronze Age sites. Wadi el-Bir is an example of an Early Bronze Age city.

Such was the case at Jemah Tubrus and Ferasin, both abandoned. Of a total of 28 modern Arab villages within the Survey area, 24 were inhabited during the Ottoman period. Most of the population was concentrated in villages whose centre was fortified and the poor state of security and the shrinking population made it difficult for family farms to survive. Even the three cities of the region, Jenin, Tulkarm, and Shechem, were small and wretched townships. Nahal ‘Iron 22 32 14 29 15 7 3 4 16 17 20 6 12 40 Ta‘anach 41 48 59 61 78 72 86 31 34 35 91 100 102 105 Dothan valley 104 117 127 119 122 120 Baqa 129 140 144 135 el-Gharbiyeh 152 139 158 170 161 179 178 177 191 192 80 Jenin 200 0 22.

Amam – Dothan Valley route (in Wadi Jiz). 4. Remains of the road from Kh. Mu’allaqah to Umm Riḥan and the farm in Qaṣr el-Lejjah near Shaqed (C17), first suggested by the Umm Riḥan expedition (Dar et al. 1986: 21–22), have been found. The Roman fortress at Kh. Mu’allaqah (Site 18) is probably related to it. The Roman road discovered near Tell Umm Zeid could have been a continuation of this road. 5. This road leads westward from the hill country north-south road (C16), via Kh. Turah, Kh. Huljan, el-Muṇtar, and Zibdeh.

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