Early Iron Age Tel Kinrot—Recent and Current Research

Münger, Stefan (15 November 2018). Early Iron Age Tel Kinrot—Recent and Current Research (Unpublished). In: Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Denver, CO. 15.11.2018.

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Ancient Kinneret (Tel Kinrot/Tell el-‘Orēme) is located on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. The site is one of the key-sites for the study of urban life in the southern Levant during the Early Iron Age (ca. 1130–950 B.C.E.). Its size, accessibility by major trade routes, and strategic location between different spheres of cultural and political influence make Tel Kinrot an ideal place for studying the interaction of various cultures at urban sites, as well as to approach questions of identity and regionalism at the dawn of the first millennium B.C.E.
The paper will outline the history of the site from the time when—after a long hiatus—it was again settled sometime during the 11th century B.C.E. until the city’s annihilation in the first decades of the tenth century B.C.E. and portray the vivid and colorful material culture of the Early Iron Age city, illustrated, e.g., by distinctive architectural styles borrowing concepts from various cultural spheres, or a large and impressively well-preserved pottery assemblage that shows economic and/or cultural exchange withdifferent neighboring regions. Though many facets of the finds and findings characterize the material culture of ancient Kinneret as a typical “Late Canaanite Blend,” some culturally sensitive indicators, such as burial patterns or other ritual behavior, point to strong influence from the Syrian realm.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Jewish Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Münger, Stefan


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Stefan Münger

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22 May 2019 12:38

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16 Sep 2019 12:59



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