Between destruction and diplomacy in Canaan: the Austrian-Israeli expedition to Tel Lachish

Katharina Streit, Lyndelle Webster, Vanessa Becker, Ann Kathrin Jeske, Hadas Misgav, Felix Höflmayer

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The transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age in the southern Levant is marked by violent destructions of most major cities. The prevalent historical narrative connects these events with the expulsion of the Hyksos, the reunification of Egypt, and the end of the Second Intermediate period. However, current radiocarbon evidence indicates that the destruction of the Middle Bronze Age cities began around 1600 B.C.E., about half a century before the defeat of the Hyksos under King Ahmose. Aiming to test this chronological question, which could again open up the discussion regarding the underlying cause for the Middle Bronze Age destruction layers, excavations have been renewed at Tel Lachish. In the course of the first two seasons by the Austrian-Israeli Expedition, substantial remains from the Middle and Late Bronze Age have been uncovered. This report highlights the potential of further excavations at Lachish and summarizes the preliminary results of the project and its excavation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


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