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(Re)creations : telling about Iron Age Dan and the Hula Valley

Smith, Timothy 2010. (Re)creations : telling about Iron Age Dan and the Hula Valley. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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This dissertation suggests alternative ways of thinking about the scales of interpretation in Syro-Palestinian archaeology. It does this by outlining a number of ideas prevalent in what has been called post-processual or interpretive archaeology and looking at ways they could be employed in the Iron Age Hula Valley region. Chief among these are considerations of landscape, ethnography, phenomenology, post-colonialism and narrative. The central site examined is that of Tel Dan and, importantly, an overview of the valley itself and its outstanding features - the lake and swamp - are also considered. The purpose of this thesis is to show that it is possible to write small-scale, even personal narratives, about the way people may have lived at a particular place and time without recourse to the biblical texts. I suggest that the use of such narratives can be used to produce alternative accounts of the past and thus subvert the grand-narratives of the region. The method outlined is as opposed to the large-scale Annalistic approaches which currently predominate. To this end a number of sample story-narratives are included which hope to show that this form of writing can be utilised to revivify the personal archaeologies of everyday life.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
ISBN: 9781303191534
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 14:32

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