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La ciudad de guarnición de Beth Shean y su relación con la organización de la corvea agrícola durante la dinastía XVIII egipcia.

REE (1996-1999) 01/1999; 6/7:81-95.

ABSTRACT The garrison city of Beth Shean and its relation with the organization of the agricultural corvée during the Egyptian XVIIIth Dynasty”. This paper aims to demonstrate that, during the XVIIIth Dynasty, the rulers of the cities situated in strategic areas, as Megiddo, Rehob, Damascus and Sumur, were responsible for the cultivation of the more fertile fields —as the fields of Shunem and the valley of Jezreel, the Lebanese Beqa` and the region of Amurru— and for the supply of the corvée workers coming from different cities —as Joppa, Nuribta and Taanach. The general supervision of these works depended on important garrison cities, as Beth Shean, in Palestine, and Kumidi and Sumur, in Syria. Some of these garrison cities were, at the same time, the centres for the royal granaries, the permanent or transitory residences of the governor and the capitals of districts. Moreover, the election of their location is related to the incorporation of areas of maximum agricultural and forestal productivity.

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