The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Tel Laachish: First Results after Three Seasons of Excavation
In their lecture, Drs. Höflmayer and Streit spoke about the importance of radiocarbon dating to date the various strata at Tel Lachish. They note the common practice of dating by pottery typology and the valuable data you can get from this method. In particular, the Cypriot pottery and its unique white slip. They argue that this method alone does not always give accurate results, and more evidence is needed to clarify the correct period of time. The period in question was the Late Bronze Age, which traditionally has been connected to the removal of the Hyksos at the beginning of the Egyptian New Kingdom. They submit this event happened earlier than what most scholars would suggest based on radiocarbon dating taken for different locations at Tel Lachish.
Presenters: Felix Höflmayer studied Egyptology and Archaeology at the University of Vienna and joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2006. Dr. Höflmayer teaches at the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology, the Institute of Oriental Studies, and the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Vienna. Dr. Höflmayer serves as an editorial board member of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Katharina Streit is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, researching development and changes in material culture from the Middle to the Late Bronze Ages. Dr. Streit co-directs the Tel Lachish excavations with Felix Höflmayer and Ilan Sharon.
Archaeology, Lecture Series
History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology
Hoflmayer, Felix; Streit, Katharina; and Adventist University, Southern, "The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Tel Laachish: First Results after Three Seasons of Excavation" (2019). Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Lecture Series. 44.