New Essay on Insights —”The Early Bronze Age IV Cultic Complex at Khirbat Iskandar” by Suzanne Richard

14 April 2024

My ACOR-CAORC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I undertook in spring 2024, focused on the preparation of an upcoming volume entitled Archaeological Expedition to Khirbat Iskandar and Its Environs, Vol. 2: Final Report on the Early Bronze IV Area B Settlements.


For the purposes of this brief essay, I choose to discuss one exceptional discovery made during my residency at the American Center while researching and writing my chapter on “The Stratigraphy of Phase B.” The discovery concerned EB IV religion, cult, and ritual — an archaeological category thought nonexistent in the period — along with other aspects of complexity, e.g., trade, art, advanced technology, monumental architecture, complex society, defenses, planned sites, non-nucleated population density, economy, etc. 

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