By Richard J. A. Talbert
Ancient views encompasses an enormous arc of area and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 5th century CE—to discover mapmaking and worldviews within the historical civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as severe fiscal, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very like this present day, maps in antiquity intended very various things to various people.
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South of these buildings a large rectangular construction, W392, was uncovered. 5 m long. Because it ran east and south into unexcavated areas, it was not possible to determine whether it was the corner of a building or the end of a large wall. It was originally considered to be the southern tower of the Early Bronze city. A meter and a half of dark ashy soil represents the transition from the Early Bronze to the Middle Bronze Age. The excavators reported a series of installations with burnt lime and brick material that they describe as kilns built atop the preceding Early Bronze Age walls W356, W392, and W365.
De Vaux and the team from Tell el-Farah visit Dothan, 1954 The Recording System As much as Free’s insistence on directing his own excavation showed his ambition, his attempt to reach out to Albright as a stratigrapher revealed his understanding of ﬁeld methodology. Albright has never been described as a detailed stratigrapher. He certainly was a brilliant scholar, someone whose genius with ceramics often overcame stratigraphic deﬁciencies, but he also was not a Reisner, Wheeler, or Kenyon (Moorey 1990: 70).
29 Early Bronze II pottery 45 46 6. The Early Bronze Age 6. The Early Bronze Age Fig. 30 Early Bronze III pottery 47 48 6. c. signaled a new era in the Levant. A vibrant culture quickly expanded into the fertile regions of the Levant. The Early Bronze Age I, the beginning stage of this period, is not represented at Dothan. If the region of Dothan follows patterns seen elsewhere in Palestine (Esse 1992: Fig. 30), small hamlets surrounded the site. The excavations on the tell revealed no ceramic evidence that can conﬁrm a settlement dating to this period.
Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome by Richard J. A. Talbert