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Season Dates: July 14, 2013 - August 18, 2013
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013
Affiliation: University of Chicago - The Oriental Institute
Project Director: Yorke Rowan (U Chicago) and Morag Kersel (DePaul University)
The Chalcolithic period, a key transitional time between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, witnessed the first metallurgy, the first pottery formed on a wheel, and dramatically new burial practices for the dead. Yet in contrast to regions such as the Negev or Jordan Valley, our knowledge of life in the Galilee during the Chalcolithic period (c. 4500-3600 B.C.) is very limited. For example, we have no radiocarbon dates for a Chalcolithic settlement in the Galilee, nor do we have an architectural plan. The new research initiative launched by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago is designed to examine the dramatic changes in the relationship of villages, ritual sites and mortuary practices during this poorly understood period. The goals for the inaugural investigations in 2009 were threefold: to explore the site for intact sub-surface architecture and features; to collect material culture, botanical and faunal samples; and to determine the depth of anthropogenic strata and the degree of human and animal disturbance to these layers. Based on the good state of preservation of architectural features and faunal remains, Marj Rabba shows great promise for expanded, intensive investigation to offer fresh insights into this key transitional era. For the 2012 season the team will expand the excavation area, explore the earlier strata and provide preliminary examination of the assemblage. In addition, we will obtain samples for botanical, faunal, and geomorphological analyses to further interpretations of Galilean subsistence economy during the Chalcolithic period.
Period(s) of Occupation: Chalcolithic (c. 4500-3600 B.C.)
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 5 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No
Room and Board Arrangements
Dormitory rooms to share with 1-2 others, with shared common areas includes sink, refrigerator, small burner. Room and board included in fee ($2000 USD). Tuition is not required.
Cost: $2000 for 5 weeks
Name of institution offering credit: University of Chicago
Number of credits offered: 3.3
Tuition: 3000 USD (OPTIONAL)
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Rowan, Y. and Golden, The Chalcolithic Period of the Southern Levant, Journal of World Prehistory, 22: 1-92, 2009
Levy, T.E., Cult, Metallurgy and Rank Societies - Chalcolithic Period, In: The archaeology of Society in the Holy Land,, 1998, London