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Ceramics, Ethnicity, and the Question of Israel's Origins

William G. Dever
The Biblical Archaeologist
Vol. 58, No. 4, Pots & People (Dec., 1995), pp. 200-213
DOI: 10.2307/3210496
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3210496
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The archaeological population groups that we now know in the early Iron I highland villages of Canaan meet many of the tests for a distinct, new ethnic group. From cooking pots to storage jars, an analysis of the ceramic corpus of the Late Bronze IIB/Iron IA horizon offers sufficient justification for recognizing a distinct population group. Defined by other categories of material culture as well, this complex deserves the appellation "Proto-Israelite."

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