Digging Up Jericho

Past, Present and Future

Edited by Rachel Thyrza Sparks, Bill Finlayson, Bart Wagemakers, Josef Mario Briffa SJ

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21 papers present a holistic perspective on the research and public value of the site of Jericho – an iconic site with a long and impressive history stretching from the Epipalaeolithic to the present day. Covering all aspects of archaeological work from past to present and beyond, they re-evaluate and assess the legacy of this important site.



Preface: Digging up Jericho – Bill Finlayson ;

Part I – Past ;
The Jericho Excavations in Historical Context ;
Jericho in the Collections of the Palestine Exploration Fund – Felicity Cobbing ;
Jericho in the Media – Rachael Thyrza Sparks ;
The Photographic Methodology of Kenyon’s Jericho – Stuart Laidlaw ;
Jericho Syndromes: ‘Digging Up Jericho’ as Ritual Dramas of Possession – Beverley Butler ;
Square Pegs in Round Holes – John Carswell ;
The Impact of Kenyon’s Excavations at Tell es-Sultan on Dutch Archaeology in the Near East – Bart Wagemakers ;
Reconsidering Results from Past Excavations ;
Finding and Losing the Person Within: A Neolithic Plastered Skull from Jericho – Alexandra Fletcher ;
Kenyon, Jericho and the Amorites – Kay Prag ;
Metal Weapons and Social Differentiation at Bronze Age Tell es-Sultan – Daria Montanari ;
Jericho Tomb P23 in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities – Christine Erkelens and Lucas Petit ;
A New Umayyad Mosque at Khirbet el-Mafjar, and other Discoveries: A New Understanding through Architectural Stratigraphy and Landscape Archaeology – Ignacio Arce ;

Part II – Present ;
Current Fieldwork ;
The Italian-Palestinian Expedition to Tell es-Sultan, Ancient Jericho (1997–2015): Archaeology and Valorisation of Material and Immaterial Heritage – Lorenzo Nigro ;
Mudbricks and Modular Architecture at Tell es-Sultan from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age – Gaia Ripepi ;
Protecting the People: The Fortification Systems of Middle Bronze Age Jericho in Light of the Italian-Palestinian Excavations – Chiara Fiaccavento and Elisabetta Gallo ;
The Jericho Mafjar Project: Palestine-University of Chicago Research at Khirbet el-Mafjar – Donald Whitcomb ;
Cities and Palaces: Khirbet el-Mafjar and the Evolution of Settlements on the Jericho Plain – Michael Jennings ;
Two Decades of Archaeology in Jericho, 1994–2015 – Hamdan Taha ;

Part III – Future ;
Preserving the Archaeological Past for the Future ;
Neolithic Heritage, Jericho and the West Bank – Bill Finlayson and Paul Burtenshaw ;
The Hisham’s Palace Site and Museum Project – Jack Green ;

About the Author

Bill Finlayson is Professor of Prehistoric Environment and Society in the Human Origins and Palaeoenvironments Research Group at Oxford Brookes University and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading.

Rachael Sparks is Associate Professor and Keeper of the Institute of Archaeology’s Collections at University College London.

Bart Wagemakers is a lecturer in Ancient and Religious History at the Institute Archimedes at the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht.

Josef Mario Briffa SJ is a lecturer at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Roman Catholic priest.