Preface—The iron age in Israel: The exact and life sciences perspectives

Israel Finkelstein, Steve Weiner, Elisabetta Boaretto

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In the original proposal entitled Reconstructing Ancient Israel – The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, two of us (Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner) wrote, “If the microscopic data are well integrated into the macroscopic (archaeological) record, they will undoubtedly provide new insights into the study of Ancient Israel.” And this was what this 5-year (2009–2014) European Research Council (ERC) sponsored program (details below) was all about. New ground was broken on three fronts: conceptual, methodological, and in the generation of new data that indeed provide novel insights into the history and material culture of Ancient Israel in particular and the Iron Age Levant in general. The reviews presented in this special volume synthesize some of these new insights. The findings have been published in about 70 papers (see Appendix).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Iron age
  • Israel
  • Microarchaeology

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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