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Archaeology of Difference

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What distinguishes an individual or a group in ancient society? How do issues of gender, ethnicity, social stratification and the view of the 'other' impact individuals, groups, and societal attitudes? Foucault in his classic work, The Archaeology of Knowledge, observes that layers of information embedded in language and society often elucidate the unspoken assumptions that individuals, groups or societies hold most dear. What is perceived to distinguish one group can carry such symbolic power that whole societies structure their laws, gender roles, ethnic identities, and views toward the "other" in the light of perceived differences. The ancient world was dominated by such differences. Clothing, hair, costume, housing, gender, religion, set apart one from the other. Ascertaining the rules governing difference in antiquity is challenging. Such rules were generally assumed, not clearly delineated. To determine "the archaeology of difference" the studies in this volume draw on textual and material culture. How does archaeological data illuminate gender or ethnicity or interactions and views of the "other"? What in the archaeological evidence elucidates the attitude toward women's role in society or Jewish perspectives on the Gentiles or attitudes toward the dead? What in texts illuminates the "other" especially as it relates to the writer's or narrator's perception?
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List of Figures List of Tables Setting the Stage 1. The Archaeology of Difference: Setting the Stage C., Thomas McCollough and Douglas R. Edwards 2. Jewish and Muslim Heritage in Europe: The Role of Archaeology in Defending Cultural Diversity, Neil Silberman Section I Neolithic Through Persian Periods 3. The Emergence of Social Complexity in the Neolithic of the Near East, Ofer Bar-Yosef 4. Gender and Social Hierarchy in the Chalcolithic Period in the Light of the Peqi'in Cave, Israel Zvi Gal, Howard Smithline and Dina Shalem 5. Ethnicity and the Archaeological Record: The Case of Early Israel, William G. Dever 6. From Field Crops to Food: Attributing Gender and Meaning to Bread Production in Iron Age Israel, Carol Meyers 7. Queen or Crone? Gendered Archaeology in an LB Tomb at Gezer, Joe D. Seger 8. No Stelae, No Queens: Two Issues Concerning the Kings of Israel and Judah, Gary A. Rendsburg 9. The Problem of the Other(ed) Woman in Nahum, Julia M. O'Brien 10. Linguistic Variation Emphasized, Linguistic Variation Denied, Raymond F. Person, Jr. 11. Representing the Cushite Other: The Use of Cushite Phenotypes in Numbers 12 and Jeremiah 13:23, Rodney S. Sadler Jr. Section II Hellenistic Through Byzantine Periods 12. What Sort of Jews Were the Tobiads?, Adam Porter 13. The Relationship Between Galilean Archaeology and Historical Jesus Research, John Dominic Crossan 14. Zum Standort des Tempels, Volkmar Fritz 15. "When I Went to Rome...There I Saw the Menorah..." The Jerusalem Temple Implements During the Second Century c.e., Steven Fine 16. Miqw?'ot and Second Temple Sectarianism, Carol Selkin Wise 17. The Stepped Water Installations of the Sepphoris Acropolis, Katharina Galor 18. Stepped Pools and the Non-Existent Monolithic "Miqveh", Stuart S. Miller 19. Jewish Ossuaries of the Early Roman Period: Continuity and Change in Death Ritual, Byron R. McCane 20. Attitudes Toward the Dead: Protective Measures Employed Against the Desecration of Tombs, Coffins, and Ossuaries, Rachel Hachlili 21. Khirbet Qana's Necropolis and Ethnic Questions, Peter Richardson 22. Monumental Changes: Architecture and Culture in Late Roman and Early Byzantine Sepphoris C., Thomas McCollough 23. The Butchers of Sepphoris: Archaeological Evidence of Ethnic Variability, Bill Grantham 24. Sepphoris and the Earliest Christian Congregations, James F. Strange 25. The Lives of Glass-Workers at Sepphoris, Alysia Fischer 26. Two Terracotta Figurine Fragments from the Sepphoris Acropolis, Melissa Aubin 27. The Archaeology of Bethsaida and the Historical Jesus Quest, Rami Arav 28. Caesarea Philippi (Paneas) in the Roman and Byzantine Periods, Vassilios Tzaferis 29. Rabbis, Romans, and Rabies: Religion, Disease, and the "Other" A Case Study, Barbara Geller 30. Celsus of Pergamum: Locating a Critic of Early Christianity, Stephen Goranson 31. Marketing Religious Difference in Late Antique Syria-Palestine: Clay Oil Lamps as Clientele Indicators, Eric C. Lapp 32. "Set the Showbread on the Table Before Me Always" (Exodus 25:30): Artistic Representations of the Showbread Table in Early Jewish and Christian Art, Zeev Weiss 33. Christians Among Jews in En-Gedi, Anna de Vincenz 34. Nomad Settlement in Palestine During the Late Byzantine-Early Moslem Period, Ze'ev Safrai and Ofer Sion Index

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