Two Burial Caves from the Intermediate Bronze Age in Horbat Qishron

Svetlana Zagorski and Amit Rosenblum

A salvage excavation was conducted about a kilometer and half south of Golani Junction, slightly west of road 65. Two burial caves were excavated, each consisting of an entrance shaft and three burial chambers. The caves have been dated to the Intermediate Bronze Age on the basis of their ceramic contents. The area investigated is part of an extensive cemetery of burial caves hewn into the soft chalk bedrock. It is suggested that the site served as a burial ground for the nearby Intermediate Bronze Age site of Horbat Qishron, which was partly excavated by H. Smithline (2002). This excavation gives evidence that Horbat Qishron was part of the trade network of that period.

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