In the Footsteps of Bagira: ethnicity, archaeology, and ‘Iron I ethnic Israel’

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Archaeology cannot find ethnicity "independently", but only with the help of written sources. The way one defines "ethnicity" is critical to ones' conclusions. Ethnic groups, as a type of imagined community, most likely existed already in prehistory; but without written sources, at least a collective name, we cannot fish them out.
The article reviews a series of papers which try, in vain, to 'get' to ethnicity from material remains; and another series which tries, in vain, to prove (or refute) "Iron I Ethnic Israel".
Bagira appears in a photo in the text.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApproaching Religion
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)2-15
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Ethnicity
  • ethnicity
  • Archaeology
  • Iron Age
  • Palestine
  • Israelites
  • Philistines
  • minimalism
  • maximalism
  • Bagira

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