Heated beeswax usage in mortuary practices: The case of Ḥorvat Tevet (Jezreel Valley, Israel) ca. 1000 BCE

Ayala Amir, Yuval Gadot, Jordan Weitzel, Israel Finkelstein, Ronny Neumann, Hannes Bezzel, Karen Covello-Paran, Omer Sergi

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Abstract

The article presents and discusses the results of Residue Analysis performed on 27 pottery vessels, placed as offerings in burials dating to the Iron I period (ca. 1050–900 BCE) at the site Ḥorvat Tevet (Israel). The results show that heated beeswax was used during the burial ceremonies and placed in variety of vessels. These results shed new light on burial practices of South Levantine rural communities. They also contribute to the growing body of evidence regarding bee-product economy in the Southern Levant during the beginning of the Iron IIA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102904
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Beeswax
  • Iron Age
  • N-alkanes
  • Pit burials
  • Residue Analysis
  • Southern Levant
  • Ḥorvat Tevet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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