A Reevaluation of Iron Age Fortified Sites on the Eastern Kerak Plateau

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dc.contributor.advisor S. Thomas Parker, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Ronald Sack, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Carol Meyers, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Brown, Stephanie Hope en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-19T18:19:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-19T18:19:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-20 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-04012010-123709 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/6331
dc.description.abstract This thesis is concerned with the nature of ten Moabite fortified sites on the eastern Kerak Plateau in central Jordan. Based largely upon an attempted synthesis between the archaeological record of the eastern Kerak Plateau and the Hebrew Bible, scholars believed for many years that there existed a fortified Moabite frontier, made up of contemporary fortified sites that ran north/south along the eastern edge of the Kerak Plateau as part of a larger system of defense against a threat from the eastern desert. During the past thirty years some scholars have begun to doubt the validity of this idea. However, if the original interpretation is incorrect, what then is the nature and function of these Iron Age fortified sites on the eastern Kerak Plateau? This thesis attempts to answer that question In comparison to other regions in Jordan the Kerak Plateau has seen little archaeological research. Several surveys have recorded many sites but few have been excavated. The ten sites examined in this study were surveyed and published by S. Thomas Parker in his Limes Arabicus Project. However, this survey was conducted over twenty years ago when there were very few sites that could offer stratified sequences of Iron Age ceramics to aide in the initial dating of the sites. Since then several Moabite sites have been or are being excavated, mostly north of the Kerak Plateau, and several regional surveys have reported Iron Age ceramic evidence at various sites in the region, providing more evidence of Moabite ceramic typology. Therefore, in light of this more recent research, this thesis focuses on the reexamination of ten Iron Age fortified sites surveyed by the Limes Arabicus Project and their associated ceramics. Being able to date these fortified sites more closely makes it possible to address important questions relevant to the nature and function of these sites, the rise and fall of Moab as a state, and Moab’s relationship with Assyria. en_US
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dc.subject fortified sites en_US
dc.subject Kerak Plateau en_US
dc.title A Reevaluation of Iron Age Fortified Sites on the Eastern Kerak Plateau en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline History en_US

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