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Bibil Identifier bibil:205619
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Middle Bronze Age Ramparts: Functional and Symbolic Structures
Author Uziel, Joe
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 142, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 24-30 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Middle Bronze Age is a period of urban rebirth, with one of its hallmarks being massive earthworks surrounding cities. These structures have been studied extensively, with traditional interpretations of their function revolving around defensive aspects. However several scholars have called into question the validity of these interpretations, offering alternative explanations revolving around more “social” reasons. The present paper suggests that while the structures were constructed for protecting the city and its inhabitants, this only strengthens its “social” symbolism. Of major importance to its symbolism is the effect the ramparts had on the landscape, altering it permanently, and giving an impression of controlling the landscape.
DOI 10.1179/003103210X12599211960366
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Bronze Age (3150-1200) : Middle Bronze (2200-1550)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Fortifications
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