Modeling Collapse: Analysis Of The Bronze Age-iron Age Transition At Two Near Eastern Sites
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This project tests a three-step model for archaeological collapse, by analyzing assemblages from two museum collections, Alişar Hüyük and Tell el Fakhariyah. Focusing on three categories of artifacts, namely biological remains, tools and weapons, and objects of personal adornment, the model evaluates change over a brief time in order to investigate the transitional period during a collapse. As the sites used for this research were excavated during the first half of the twentieth century, the project assesses the possible utility of old museum collections in light of probable biases.