Back to Tel Tsaf: a preliminary report on the 2013 season of the renewed project

Danny Rosenberg, Florian Kilmscha, Elisabetta Boaretto, Philip J. Graham, Austin (Chad) Hill, Lior Weissbrod, Inbar Ktalav, Serena Love, Sonia Pinsky, Emily Hubbard

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The period between ca. 5,200 and 4,500 years (Cal BC), framed by the end of the Pottery Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic Wadi Rabah culture on the one hand and the appearance of the Late Chalcolithic Ghassulian on the other hand, is underrepresented in current research when compared with the periods that pre- and post-date it. The site of Tel Tsaf (Middle Jordan Valley) is distinguished by its superb preservation of mudbrick architecture and organic materials, as well as by the evidence for large-scale storage and long distance trade. It therefore offers ideal conditions to study changes in household economies during the formative stages of the Late Chalcolithic period and the ecological settings of these changes. In this paper we offer a preliminary account of the first season of the renewed project at Tel Tsaf as well as preliminary results of some of the analyses already conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-179
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of the Israel Prehistoric Society
StatePublished - Dec 2014


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