Insurgency and Social Interaction in the New Kingdom Egyptian Fortress in Jaffa: Entanglement as an Explanatory Model

Aaron A. Burke, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, and Visiting Research Associate, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

For approximately 300 years, from c. 1460 to 1150 BCE, Egyptians controlled the former Canaanite port city of Jaffa (ancient Yapu), employing it as a staging ground for regular military campaigns into Canaan and the administration of its empire in the southern Levant. While the importance of Jaffa’s role could be generally reconstructed from limited historical references and preliminary reports based on results from the 1950s excavations, recent research by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, under the direction of Burke and his colleague, Martin Peilstöcker (Israel Antiquities Authority), have enabled a reassessment of the Egyptian presence in Jaffa and the nature of Egyptian and Canaanite interactions during this period. This presentation explores how entanglement functions as an effective model for interrogating interactions in Jaffa during the Late Bronze Age. 

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