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Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective – the preface

A new issue of the journal Radiocarbon (No. 57/2, 2015) is online at: https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/radiocarbon/issue/current.

This issue is fully devoted to summaries of much of what was done in the European Research Council-funded project titled Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, which operated in 2009-2014. Both the individual articles and the entire booklet can be downloaded free of charge (the latter by clicking on the first PDF). See details of title and Table of Contents below. The project was directed by Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner, with the help of Shirly Ben-Dor Evian and Yuval Gadot. The project was carried out by ca. 40 researchers and operated in a large number of sites in Israel and abroad.


Abstract: In the original proposal entitled Reconstructing Ancient Israel – The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, two of us (Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner) wrote, “If the microscopic data are well integrated into the macroscopic (archaeological) record, they will undoubtedly provide new insights into the study of Ancient Israel.” And this was what this 5-year (2009–2014) European Research Council (ERC) sponsored program (details below) was all about. New ground was broken on three fronts: conceptual, methodological, and in the generation of new data that indeed provide novel insights into the history and material culture of Ancient Israel in particular and the Iron Age Levant in general. The reviews presented in this special volume synthesize some of these new insights. The findings have been published in about 70 papers (click here to download the issues’s preface).

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