Public Lecture, ‘How and Why were Cities Burned? A New Look on the Destruction of Canaanite Lachish’ (The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society), Thursday 10th October, 2019.

The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

Affiliated to the British Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Igor Kreimerman, ‘How and Why were Cities Burned? A New Look on the Destruction of Canaanite Lachish’ 

Thursday, 10th October, 2019, 6pm.

Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre (E28), 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H OAY

The excavations of the Fourth Expedition to Lachish in 2013–2017 uncovered several Bronze Age destruction layers. To understand the processes that generated these layers a multi-disciplinary approach involving macro- and micro-archaeological methods as well as experimental burning of mud-brick structures was adopted. This framework was used to reconstruct ancient fires, including the fire that took place in the North-Eastern Temple, dated to 12th century BCE (Level VI). When the insights gained into the materiality of destruction were reviewed against 2nd millennium literary evidence it became clear that, sometimes, by examining how a settlement was destroyed it is possible to understand why it was destroyed. This in turn, allowed to identify the reasons and agents behind the destruction of Level VI at Lachish and shed new light on the Late Bronze Age collapse in the Levant.

Dr. Igor Kreimerman is a visiting scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, the University of Cambridge. He completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (under the supervision of Profs. Yosef Garfinkel and Ruth Shahack-Gross). His research concentrates on the formation of destruction layers – the burning of structures, the breakage and mutilation of objects, and the archaeological distinction between warfare and conflict -induced destruction, nature-induced destruction, and accidental destruction. He participated as a staff member at the Khirbet Qeiyafa, Tel Lachish and Khirbet er-Rai excavation and publication projects.

Organised jointly with Institute of Archaeology, London

All welcome.  Admission free. No ticket required. Enquiries 020 8349 5754




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