Sectarianism and the Archaeology of Qumran

Regev at the entrance to Cave 11 with his students from the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology department, Bar-Ilan University

By: Eyal Regev

In a couple of articles published in BASOR and Revue de Qumran[1], I have analyzed the social aspects of the inhabitants of kh. Qumran using social-scientific theories, without direct consideration of the scrolls.

I have examined the spatial organization and architecture of kh. Qumran using Hillier and Hanson’s Space Syntax Theory, commonly called Access Analysis. The results show strong social boundaries and the division of the site into distinct clusters, in a specific hierarchal structure which entails ritualization. kh. Qumran is divided into different segments in a hierarchal distribution of spaces which marks separation between different spheres. I have compared the Access Analysis map of kh. Qumran to those of seven other contemporaneous manor houses or villas, in which all the spatial boundaries are substantially weaker. Continue reading

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BASOR 363 (August 2011) available online for subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that BASOR 363 (August 2011) has been posted online at Atypon Link. This issue (and 4 years of back issues) is available to BASOR online subscribers and members who have chosen an online subscription as part of their membership.

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The issue contains articles by Sharon R. Steadman (“Take Me to Your Leader: The Power of Place in Prehistoric Anatolian Settlements”), Itzhaq Shai, Aren M. Maeir, David Ilan and Joe Uziel (“The Iron Age Remains at Tel Nagila”), and Eyal Regev “Royal Ideology in the Hasmonaean Palaces in Jericho”), and Benjamin Adam Saidel (“The Camera and the Pipe: Adjusting the Terminus Ante Quem of the Red-Slipped and Burnished Disc-Base Tobacco Pipes from Suba, Israel”).

The issue contains reviews by Edward B. Banning, Catherine Commenge, Louise Steel, Bill T. Arnold, and Pauline Albenda.

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BASOR 362 (May 2011) available online for subscribers

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The issue contains articles by Elif Ãœnlü (“A Tale of Two Potting Traditions: Technological Assessment of the Light Clay and the Red Gritty Ware Types at Tarsus-Gözlükule [Cilicia-Turkey] at the Beginning of the Third Millennium B.C.”), Jacob Lauinger (“An Excavated Dossier of Cuneiform Tablets from Level VII Alalah?”), and Gwyn Davies “Under Siege: The Roman Field Works at Masada”).

The issue contains reviews by Jeffrey R. Zorn, Mark S. Smith, Assaf Yasur-Landau, John W. Betlyon, Peter Richardson, Sidnie White Crawford, Marica Cassis, Susan L. Cohen, Larry G. Herr.

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BASOR 358 (May 2010) available online for subscribers

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BASOR 357 (Feb 2010) available online

BASOR 357 (Feb 2010)

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