Sunday, March 6, 2022

Canaanite (pre-Israelite) Household Rituals in the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant

Most studies of ritual in early complex societies of the Near East have focused on elite and/or public behavioral domains. Yet, the vast bulk of the population would not have been able to participate in such public displays. Here, I explore the evidence for household rituals in lower stratum residences in the Early Bronze Age. Data from the archaeological site of Tell es-Safi/Gath and other sites will be used as an illustration of the nature and difficulty of identifying household rituals.