Re: Population of Canaan
- Magen Broshi's articles on the demography of ancient Canaan/Palestine (and
on some other issues) have been collected in his volume _Bread, Wine, Walls
and Scrolls_ (2001). Of those, perhaps the most relevant in this regard is
"Methodology of Populaiton Estimates: The Roman-Byzantine Period as a Case
Study." There he describes the different methods by which estimations of
ancient populations work, and also makes a case for the maximum possible
number of the inhabitants of Palestine (Cisjordan) under the conditions of
pre-industrial economy being c. 1 million persons -- a number which, in his
words, was only achieved for the first time during the Byzantine period.
I can't recall now whether Broshi published a specific discussion of the
Late Bronze Age Canaan demography.
> 1b. Re: Population of Canaan?
> Posted by: "Kevin P. Edgecomb" kevin@... kedgecom2002
> Date: Sat Feb 3, 2007 2:10 pm ((PST))
> Take a look at these, Ethan:
> Rivka Gonen, "Urban Canaan in the Late Bronze Period." BASOR 253 (Winter
> 1984), 61-73
> Nadav Naaman, "Four Notes on the Size of Late Bronze Canaan." BASOR 313
> 1999), 31-37
> Yigal Shiloh, "The Population of Iron Age Palestine in the Light of a
> Analysis of Urban Plans, Areas, and Population Density." BASOR 239
> 1980), 25-35
> I recall seeing others from IEJ I think on the Late Bronze Age, but I've
> misplaced my copies. Magen Broshi has a few other articles in BASOR on
> earlier periods as well.
> Kevin P. Edgecomb
> Berkeley, California