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A Judean, an Edomite, & a Negevite Walk into a Shrine: Archaeology of Religion in Southern Israel
Sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Bible and the Ancient World Series
Erin Darby (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) with Aaron Burke (UCLA)
A Judean, an Edomite, and a Negevite Walk into a Shrine: The Archaeology of Religion in Southern Israel
In this session, Dr. Erin Darby will discuss the archaeology of religion in southern Israel during the 8th-6th centuries BCE, focusing on what ritual objects might tell us about who occupied these sites and the religious cultures of the region. Our conversation will address ritual objects at both settlements and wayside shrines and will consider questions like, “Can ritual objects be associated with a particular ethnicity or political unit,” “how do we account for similarities and differences in object typologies across southern Jordan and Israel,” and “does the archaeology really provide solid evidence for Edomite vs- Judean control of the Negev in the Iron II period?” Dr. Erin Darby is an associate professor or Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She specializes in the archaeology of religion in the Southern Levant, with a particular interest in figurines, which are the subject of her monograph, Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines, as well as several articles and chapters. She is also the co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan. Most recently, she has begun work publishing the shrine site at ‘En Hazeva in southern Israel. Dr. Darby has been the recipient of several international research and travel awards for her work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Syria. Dr. Darby teaches courses in Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. She is an active faculty member in the UTK Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies and is the chair of the UTK Council for Diversity and Interculturalism.