‘Atiqot 87 (2016)
A Chalcolithic Settlement at Tel Shevaʻ
(Hebrew, pp. 43*–69*; English summary, p. 106)
Keywords: Negev, settlement, Byzantine period, weights, spindle whorls, copper, bone tools
Salvage excavations at Tel Shevaʻ uncovered the remains of a Chalcolithic-period settlement. The architectural remains consisted mainly of pits of different sizes and types, which were dug into the loess soil; they served as refuse pits in their final stage of use. The fill within the pits comprised soil and ash accumulations, mixed with potsherds, flints and animal bones, reflecting a broad range of domestic activities that had once been carried out on surface level. The site appears to have been the largest of the Ghassulian-culture sites in the Be’er Shevaʻ Valley.
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