Late Bronze II at Safut

27 11 2008

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Now to the LBII. In square A4 (outside B2), which tied area A to B a probe 1.25m deep revealed LB II layers built on virgin soil and associated with a wall of 0.75m long stones.

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There is a perimeter defense wall around the acropolis running E-W for the length of area B (squares 1-3), and LB pottery is associated with its lowest levels. The perimeter defense wall continued into area J. Inside of the wall in square B5 a chalice, bowl, 600 cubic centimeters of charred two-row barley, and a bronze deity figurine with gold foil was found under a destruction layer of tumbled mudbrick.

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This figurine is very similar to Hazor and Megiddo figurines, including general “beneficent deity” pose, gold foil on arms, and pierced ears.  Their pierced earlobes, seem representative of local tradition and are traceable to “Lebanese” idols of Type I [Tyre, Lebanon, Syria] and to Syro-Lebanese warriors of Type III [Syria, Sidon, Beirut, Tortosa]…Certain Hittite motifs exist in the headress as well.

The LBII pottery includes typical bichrome painted ware and simple bowl forms.

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2 responses

14 04 2013
idalion1 Pamela Gaber

Who has the copyright to the photo of the bronze figurine? I’d like to be able to use it in an article I’m working on. Thanks.

14 04 2013
ochesnut

Hi Pamela, hope you and Bill are well. I’ll send you an email regarding the picture.

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