Iron Age Bullae from Officialdom’s Periphery: Khirbet Summeily in Broader Context

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By: James W. Hardin, Christopher A. Rollston, and Jeffrey A. Blakely

Khirbet Summeily is located about 22 kilometers east of Gaza and about 4 kilometers west of Tell el-Hesi, on the ancient road connecting Gaza with Hebron. To the east is the heartland of Judah and to the west is the heartland of Philistia. Summeily lies in the borderland, a small site only slightly larger than one acre.

The major reason for excavating Summeily was to understand the nature and function of a small, rural Iron Age site in a border region. Neighboring Tell

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