The Beit Eshel Chalcolithic flint workshop in Beer Sheva: a preliminary report Academic Article uri icon


  • ABSTRACT In November 2003 a Chalcolithic flint workshop was uncovered and collected in Beer Sheva, near the municipal market. The size of the workshop is approximately 3.5 X 3.5 m, m, part of it is a pit, and its maximum depth is 80-100 cm. The site is a compact concentration of hundreds of thousands of flint artifacts, as well as many limestone artifacts and pottery sherds. The preliminary observations indicate that this is a specialized workshop for the production of sickle blades. There are probably more than 1,500 cores, most of them for blades, and thousands of backed blades. Worth noting that is the fact that the microburin technique was used systematically to process the blades. The fact that dense layers of artifacts are separated by almost sterile layers indicates that the site was frequented seasonally by_a small group of flint knappers. The pottery vessels types suggest that the …

publication date

  • January 1, 2004