chapter  10
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Where Are Those Guys? Iron Age I Settlement in the Tall al-'Umayri Hinterland

Over 40 years of extensive archaeological exploration on the Madaba Plains, the Iron Age I period has proven itself to be more than a little mysterious. It appears where it is not expected, and disappears where it is expected. The prime example is Tall Hisban, a site with biblical con­ nections to the Iron Age I period. Picked for excavation in large part because of these con­ nections, Tall Hisban has produced next to nothing from Iron Age I. At the same time, the Tall al-‘Umayri excavation, with less emphasis on biblical connections and more on modern/ anthro­ pological approaches, has surprised everybody with its rich and impressive Iron I remains.