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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Lawrence Toombs

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Thesis Supervisor


In recent years archaeological investigators have become increasingly interested in the study of the Proto-Urban and Early Bronze Ages in Palestine. These periods have been relatively neglected in the history of excavating largely due to the fact that on the most important sites the levels of these periods lie buried beneath the later accumulation of the tells.

At sites where Early Bronze levels have been uncovered, little attention has been given to the domestic architecture, mostly due to the archaeologist’s predisposition to unearth temple complexes and public buildings in the acropolis area. The excavator’s have also been concerned to examine the burials in the necropolis (i.e. to study the homes of the dead rather than those in which they once lived.).

The purpose of this study is to examine the domestic architecture of this period, that is private houses. The area of study is limited to Palestine, and the majority of sites mentioned as west of the Jordan due purely to the chances of excavation.

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