This last Monday (25/2), Dr. Christine Thompson, who is a NEH fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem, gave a talk in the Safi lab, as part of our bi-weekly talk series. Christine presented the results of her PhD work (UCLA) in which she examined the relationships between the Aegean and the Levant during the LB and Iron Ages, from a perspective of the imports of silver to the Levant. From her study, based on a comprehensive Lead Isotope Analysis program of silver objects from a wide range of sites in the Southern Levant, she demonstrated that a very different pattern of metal trade existed in the LB, Iron I and Iron II-III. Among other points, she claims that there is little evidence for contacts between Greece and the Levant during the 10-9 centuries BCE. Also, very interestingly, she believes that silver from Sardinia was in circulation during the Iron Age I – something that indicates that the image of a “dark age” with little international trade during the Iron I, may not be the case.
It was a very interesting and eye-opening talk – thanks Christine!