By Adam Zertal Z"l, Nivi Mirkam Z"l, Shay Bar
The quantity provides the result of an in depth survey of north-western Samaria in Israel/Palestine. it's the 3rd quantity of the Manasseh Hill kingdom Survey courses. This venture, in growth from 1978 and masking 2500 sq. km, is an intensive mapping of the archaeological-historical region among the River Jordan and the Sharon undeniable and among Nahal 'Iron and the useless Sea. The survey is a invaluable software for students of the Bible, Archaeology, close to japanese historical past and different features of the Holy Land. This quantity describes the world among Nahal 'Iron (Wadi 'Ara) within the north and Nahal Shechem (Wadi She'ir) within the south. it's a totally revised and up to date model of the Hebrew book of 2000.
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A few nab’ahs exist in the west, in the Kh. Bir el-Isyar (A) – Baqa area. The 47 sites found are divided into sub-regions: A. The western section is rich in arable soil and water. Along the roads a chain of tells developed from the Early Bronze Age onwards (Shuweiket er-Ras, Kh. Yemmeh, Jatt, Burin, Esur). The fortified cities thus created continued to the end of the Iron Age, and quite often afterwards. Smaller sites, mostly established during the Iron Age and later, typify the inner area. In the Chalcolitic-Early Bronze Age periods there are small settlements, such as Metzer, ‘Ein Baduseh, and Zeitah (West).
Mu’allaqah, and possibly also near the site at Qaṣr ‘Ein esh- Sheri’ah. C18: Wadi Massin road. It seems that a road for camel caravans, leaving er-Rammeh valley, crossed the hills via Wadi Massin to the A1 near Kh. Yemmeh. Still in use during the British Mandate, it was usable only in summer, and required constant maintenance. In Sheet XI of the SWP map, a path, descending from ‘lllar and along Wadi Massin, is marked. geographical and settlement data 25 C. LANDSCAPE UNITS The 420 sq. km described in this Volume have been divided into five landscape units, based on geographical and historical considerations (the division and its principles are discussed in the earlier volumes - Zertal 2004: 13–14; 2008a: 7).
The Late Bronze Age sites are few and relatively small, and no settlements of the period were found in the hilly inner country (the landscape units of Bal’ah and Narbatah) except Baṭn Umm Nari. Papyrus Anastasi I (ANET: 476–479), of the period of Ramses II, presents important information about the area in the 13th century BCE. This geographical and settlement data 53 ‘satirical letter’ is a conversation between two Egyptian couriers, one questioning the other. The description of a narrow, dangerous ravine is as follows: “Thou art the mahir, experienced in deeds of heroism.