With contributions by Rina Y. Bankirer, Uri Baruch, Anat Cohen-Weinberger, Yuval Goren, Raphael Greenberg, Mark Iserlis, Mordechai E. Kislev, Ofer Marder, Robert A. Mullins, Nava Panitz-Cohen, Matthew Ponting, Yael Rotem, Irina Segal, Orit Simchoni, Ariel Vered, Dalit Weinblatt, Naama Yahalom-Mack, and Adi Ziv-Esudri
This volume is the fourth and final in the series of final reports on the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project, directed by Amihai Mazar on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem between the years 1989-1996. The volume presents the results of the excavations at Tel Beth-Shean from the Early Bronze Age and the Intermediate Bronze Age. A substantial EBIB building in Area M was violently destroyed and rebuilt shortly afterwards. Its plan and rich finds have implications on our understanding of social and economic aspects of this formative period. After a gap in Early Bronze II, the Early Bronze III is represented by a series of occupation phases, most of them accompanied by a large amount of Khirbet Kerak Ware, confirming that Beth-Shean was the southernmost settlement site of the 'Khirbet Kerak people'. After a possible occupation gap, an ephemeral Intermediate Bronze Age settlement existed for a short time on top of the abandoned Early Bronze Age city.