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Biblical Archaeology Review 44:4, July/August 2018

Khirbet el-Mastarah: An Early Israelite Settlement?

By Ralph K. HawkinsDavid Ben-Shlomo

Hidden in the Jordan Valley, Khirbet el-Mastarah may shed light on early Israelite origins. The site contains numerous enclosures and structures, which appear to have been used by a nomadic or semi-nomadic group at the beginning of the Iron Age (c. 1200 B.C.E.). Archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo examine the evidence.

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