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Detailed Project Description

General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
IL387
Project Name:
The Nahal 'Iron (Wadi 'Ara) Survey
Project Description:
As a part of the Megiddo Expedition, the survey sets out to examine the changing settlement patterns in the Bronze Age and Iron Ages in relation to the history of Megiddo and to document evidence on the international road.
Project Websites:

Project Sponsors:
Megiddo Expedition
Dates of Operation:
From: 1998     To: 1999
Project Languages:

Metadata Sources:
Finkelstein 2006
project website
Gadot 2006

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Israel
Province:
Location:
Jezreel Valley
Ancient Regions:
Megiddo

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Yotam Tepper
Address:
E-mail:
Phone / Fax:
Investigator Name:
Yuval Gudot
Address:
Tel Aviv University
E-mail:
gadot@post.tau.ac.il
Phone / Fax:

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 46
Maximum: 500
Project Area:
100 km2
Map Data Source:
Gadot 2006
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
None
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
Iron Age
Years:
From:     To:
Period:
Bronze Age
Years:
From:     To:

Methodology

Approach:
Extensive
Intensive
Systematic
Non-Systematic
Site Survey
Siteless Survey
Diachronic
Temporally Bounded
Spatial Sampling (off-site):
Full Coverage
Random Sample
Stratified Random Sample
Deliberate Sample
Fieldwalker Spacing
 (average width = 0  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (0 m x 0 m)
Modern Field
Site
Transect
Structure
Scatter/Artifact
Geolocation:
Basemap more detailed than 1:10K
GPS Uncorrected
Basemap 1:10K to 1:50K
GPS Differentially Corrected
Basemap less detailed than 1:50K
GIS
Other:
revisiting sites from the Manasseh Hill Country Survey

Special Studies

Artifacts:
Architecture
Ceramics
Lithics
Coins
Metal
Glass
Terracotta
epigraphy
Iconography
Environment:
Geology
Geomorphology
Soil Studies
Stone/Mineral Resources
Hydrology
Climatology
Paleobotany
Dendrochronology
Faunal Osteology
Agriculture
People:
Ritual Studies
Mortuary Studies
Population Data
Ethnography/Ethnology
Written Resources
Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing:
Satellite Imagery
Aerial Photography
Geoprospection
Other:
Primary Questions:
Was there a clear-cut connection between the importance of the road and the number of settlements established along its course? What influence did the settlement and the international road have on each other? Does a system of ancient settlements from a given period along a natural artery prove the existence of an important road? What were the changing settlement patterns? What was the relationship between the road and Megiddo?
Excavation:
NO

Environmental Parameters

Geology:
 Igneous
 Metamorphic
 Sedimentary
Geology Other:
Topography:
 Alluvial Plain
 Coastal Plain
 Continental Plain
 Delta
 Desert
 Gorge
 Hills
 Island
 Isthmus
 Lakeshore
 Mountains
 Peninsula
 Plateau
 River Valley
 Steppe
 Underwater
 Upland Basin
 Urban
 Wadi/Oued
 Wetlands
Topography Other:
Climate:
 Climatic Altitudes of Mountains
 Dry-summer Mediterranean
 Dry-summer Steppe
 Highly Oceanic
 Humid and warm summer
 Humid Steppe
 Oceanic
 Permanently Humid
 Semi-desert and Desert
 Steppe
 Sub-Oceanic
 Tropical Semi-desert and Desert
Climate Other:

Bibliography

Entry 1:
Gadot, Yuval (2006), "Megiddo and the International Road: The Nahal 'Iron (Wadi 'Ara) Survey", Finkelstein, Israel; Ussishkin, David; Halpern, Baruch, Megiddo IV: The 1998-2002 Seasons, Tel Aviv, Emery and Claire Yass Publicat, 777-818




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