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Archaeology and the Bible examines new advancements in archaeological unearths within the close to East, quite Palestine, which are with regards to the Bible. more moderen box methodologies, local surveys and inventive syntheses have all had an impression on conventional techniques to those discoveries. John C. H. Laughlin examines those new advancements and discusses what they suggest for bible study.

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The cultural and/or ethnic (these two are not the same) identification of a people, their relationships with other groups, both foreign and local, the absolute chronology of their habitation, as well as other issues, are all reflected in the ceramic assemblages collected and studied by the archaeologist. The question of “ethnicity” is as important as it is complex. The debate concerning this issue has The Neolithic through the Early Bronze Age 45 become full-blown, especially as it relates to the question of the origin and identity of “early Israel” (see below, Chapters 8 and 9 , with references).

Special mention should also be given to the many small violin-shaped objects found at many sites. 3 Chalcolithic copper hoard, Judean desert treasure, first half of the 4th mill. BC, Nahal Mishmar. Collection of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Photo Israel Museum, David Harris length. A remarkable example of these objects, made from bone, was found at Shiqmim (Levy 1996). This figurine is only about 4 inches in height and is decorated with several rows of punctures. It also has a face emphasizing the eyes and nose.

But this is only an exception that proves the rule. Most excavating must be done by hand. Subtle changes in soil composition, superimposed floor levels, foundation trenches for walls, countless small objects and many other data would be completely destroyed and lost using only mechanical equipment. The common sense of the excavator and the particularities and research objectives of each unique excavation should play a decisive role here. In order to assign properly the archaeological data (walls, floors, streets, pits, cisterns, tombs, graves, sherds, fills and so forth) to their proper time period, the various, and often complex, layers of a tell must be removed in a way that is controlled as much as possible.

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