Volume 22 Number 2 1995
The Iron Age II Pottery Assemblage from Horvat Teiman (Kuntillet 'Ajrud)
Petrographic Analyses of Horvat Teiman (Kuntillet 'Ajrud) Pottery
14C Dates from Horvat Teiman (Kuntillet 'Ajrud) and their Archaeological Correlation
The Date of the Settlement of the Philistines in Canaan Israel Finkelstein
The Destruction of Megiddo at the End of the Late Bronze Age and its Historical Significance
Tiglath-pileser III's Campaigns Against Tyre and Israel (734-732 B.C.E.)
A Group of Early Iron Age Lamps from the Northern Sharon Valley
|Horvat Teiman (Kuntillet ‘Ajrud), situated along the ridge of Wadi Quraiya (approximately 50 km.
south of Kadesh-barnea), was excavated from 1975-1976 by Ze’ev Meshel of the Institute of
Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. The discussion on the pottery of the site is based upon
two assumptions: a) the site was almost totally excavated, therefore the ceramic finds represent
virtually a complete assemblage; b) the site was populated for only a brief period. All the
ceramic types found at ‘Ajrud are represented and parallels are drawn from sites in the
Land of Israel and its surroundings, including: Israel (i.e. Samaria and the Galilee), Judea,
the Shephelah, the Southern Coast (i.e., Philistine), Syria/Phoenicia, and Transjordan.
The objective of the discussion is to establish both the time frame of the assemblage and
the parallel geographic sources of the pottery. Ceramic vessels which were common during
Iron Age II in diverse areas in the Land of Israel, but were absent from ‘Ajrud, or were
present only in small quantities - were studied to determine whether the reasons for their
absence were chronological, geographical, or inherent in the special character of the site.