Investigaciones arqueológicas en Tell el-Farʽa (Palestina). Informe preliminar de la tercera campaña (2019): excavación, prospección, toponimia y restauración

Juan Luís Montero Fenollós, Francisco Caramelo, Jehad Yasin , Sufyan Dias , Jorge Sanjurjo Sánchez, Ingrid Bejarano Escanilla

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Tell el-Farʽa, situated some 11 km northeast of the West Bank city of Nablus, on the central mountains of Palestine, was identified in 1931, by the north American orientalist William Albright, as the ancient city of Tirzah. Nowadays, this hypothetical identification became dominant. Fifteen years later, beginning in 1946, the École biblique et archéologique française, of Jerusalem, under the supervision of the Dominican father Roland de Vaux, undertook nine archaeological seasons at Tell el-Farʽa. The work, conducted by the French team, has led to identification of seven major periods, from PrePottery Neolithic to Iron Age.
After a long period of archaeological inactivity, since 1961, Tell el-Farʽa has become again the centre of a research project, coordinated by an international team with University of A Coruña, NOVA University, Lisbon, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Palestine, through the Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage. In 2017 and 2018, the two first campaigns took place and in October 2019 the third season had the surveying the wadi el-Farʽa and surrounding areas in order to understand the regional settlements and the political and economic influence of ancient Tell el-Farʽa between the Chalcolithic and Iron Age; study of toponymy of Tell el-Farʽa and its region; and restoration and valorisation of an Iron Age house excavated by the École biblique team in 1951. following objectives: studying architecture, material culture and absolute dating concerning Iron Age;
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-131
Number of pages30
JournalRes Antiquitatis. Journal of Ancient History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Palestine
  • Iron Age
  • Absolute datation
  • Archaeological survey
  • Places names
  • Restauration


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