Dear list members,
I would like to bring to your attention the publication of the following book that may be of interest:
Maeir, A. M. 2010. In the Midst of the Jordan: The Jordan Valley during the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 20001500 BCE) Archaeological and Historical Correlates. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean 36. Vienna: Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften). ISBN13: 978-3-7001-6602-3.
This volume, which is an outgrowth and expansion of my PhD research (HU 1997) which dealt with the Central Jordan Valley during the Middle Bronze Age, is a study of the entire Jordan Valley (from Dan in the north to the Dead Sea in the south) during the Middle Bronze Age.
The volume is a regional overview (including an in-depth geographical, ecological and environmental summary) and discussion of the relevant archaeological and historical data, both specifically within the Jordan Valley, but also regarding the ramifications of these finds on other regions (and issues) in the Middle Bronze Age; and vice-a-versa, influences of other regions and sites on the Jordan Valley. Aspects such as the chronology (including an appendix on 14C dates from the Jordan Valley by Dr. Ezra Marcus), trade, foreign relations, technology, production, pottery provenience, cultural origin and development, and other issues, are dealt with. Various topics that have been extensively discussed in Middle Bronze Age studies are dealt with in the various discussions (such as the chronology of Hazor, the relations between Canaan, Egypt and Mesopotamia, beginning and end of the MB culture, etc.). The discussions include a survey of the various classes of material culture (including representative groups of pottery throughout the various stages of the period), and a detailed list of all-known sites from the period in the region.