Dr. Shlomit Bechar on “The Use and Abuse of Orthostats at Hazor”

Dear all,
I have the pleasure to invite you to our next event, featuring Dr. Shlomit Bechar (Tuesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. in Swift 201). Dr. Bechar recently received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is currently co-director of excavations at the Tel-Hazor archeological site. Her talk, entitled The Use and Abuse of Orthostats at Hazor “will investigate the use of basalt orthostats (worked basalt slabs) in Syro-Anatolia throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages focusing on the changes in consumption of these at Hazor. These were used to reflect the wealth and power of the rulers of the cities in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. However, while this practice continued in the Iron Age in Syro-Anatolia, at Hazor it was entirely changed. I will argue that at Hazor they are used to glorify the destruction of the Canaanite city and to humiliate the previous royals of Hazor. I will also show how this is another practice used by the Iron Age inhabitants of the city to exhibit their victory over the Canaanite rulers of Late Bronze Age Hazor.”
We hope to see you all there for what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
(Again, some delicious treats will be served).

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