Stone pedestalled vessels from Tel Tsaf, a Middle Chalcolithic site in the Central Jordan Valley, Israel

  • Marina Bekker Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Yosef Garfinkel Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Keywords: Middle Chalcolithic, ground stone tools, fenestrated, pedestalled bowls, Tel Tsaf

Abstract


The pedestalled bowls described here are part of the ground stone tool assemblage discovered during the Hebrew University of Jerusalem excavations at Tel Tsaf (2004-2007). This site, located in the Central Jordan Valley, is the first well-documented and large-scale excavation of the Middle Chalcolithic period in the southern Levant. The inhabitants used two types of raw materials for their stone items: basalt and limestone. While the first is commonly used in the stone-vessel industry of the Chalcolithic period, the second is rarer. We present here the preliminary results of our analysis of the typology and function of the pedestalled bowls, a small but important component of the local ground stone tool assemblage.

Author Biographies

Marina Bekker, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Israel

Yosef Garfinkel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Israel

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Published
31-Oct-2016
How to Cite
Bekker, M., & Garfinkel, Y. (2016). Stone pedestalled vessels from Tel Tsaf, a Middle Chalcolithic site in the Central Jordan Valley, Israel. Journal of Lithic Studies, 3(3), 17-29. https://doi.org/10.2218/jls.v3i3.1654
Section
Papers Presented at the 1st Meeting of the Association for Ground Stone Tools Research