Absorbed organic residues in a Late Bronze Age II clay coffin with anthropoid lid from Tel Shadud, Israel

Dvory Namdar*, Shlomo Shoval, Alon Amrani, Edwin C.M. van den Brink, Dan Kirzner, Ron Beeri

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Abstract

During salvage excavations carried out in 2013 on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, a seemingly isolated clay coffin with anthropoid lid was uncovered on the lower east slope of Tel Shadud in the Jezreel Valley (van den Brink et al., 2016). The coffin and associated funerary gifts bear strong resemblance to comparable specimens known foremost from Deir el-Balah in the Gaza strip and Bet She'an in the Jordan Valley. This new find should be placed within the context of the Egyptian New Kingdom colonization process of the region during the Late Bronze Age II and succeeding Iron Age I (van den Brink et al., In press). The coffin was systematically sampled for absorbed organic compounds along its profile. The results of the residue analysis reveals a particular burial aspect associated with pre-burial treatment of the coffin.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)726-733
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • Anthropoid lid
  • Burial customs
  • Clay coffin
  • GC/MS
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Late bronze age II
  • Tel Shadud

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