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Davida Eisenberg-Degen

Davida Eisenberg-Degen
Israel Antiquity Authority · Southern District

PhD

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Archaeological remains are a trove of potential data which, together with the study of ritual, enable reconstruction and evaluation of social and religious structures and complexity. Concentrating on the Timnian culture (sixth to late third millennium BCE) of the Southern Levant deserts, we review the changes that took place with the adoption of th...
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This research is based on 296 camel petroglyphs from four surveyed areas within the Negev Highlands, Israel. We divided the camel petroglyphs into four styles, each represents the camel in a specific form with reoccurring attributes that are embedded with cultural information and meaning. Each of the styles was attributed to a chronological period...
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Over the course of the past millennia, pastoral nomads migrated from the Arabian Peninsula and neighbouring regions into the Negev desert. Particularly with the last major wave of Bedouin migration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these groups introduced the 'Bedouin Phase' into Negev rock art, a tradition that was central to the Negev B...
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The Intermediate Bronze Age (IB) in the Southern Levant (ca. 2350–2000 BCE) is known as the “Dark Ages,” following the collapse of Early Bronze urban society and predating the establishment of the Middle Bronze cities. The absence of significant settlements and monumental building has led to the reconstruction of IB social organization as that of n...
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Studying the prints from Ramat Matred, their place within the different engraving phases and their relation to other motifs, abstracts, zoomorphs and inscriptions, several observations can be made referring to their date and possible meaning. Foot and sandal prints are not one of the most common motifs found in the Negev rock art. When examining th...
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A petroglyph of a smiting pharaoh located in the Central Negev may offer new evidence of contact with pharaonic Egypt. With a schematic enemy, the pharaoh is the centre of the composition emphasising the message of strength and dominance.
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This paper examines a collection of markings that were created over the past few centuries in the Negev Highlands in southern Israel. The markings were etched onto the walls of a vestibule of a 3rd century CE Late Roman burial cave in the site of Avdat (ancient Oboda). The cave was known in Bedouin Arabic as En Nusra. The data may be divided into t...
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There are thousands of panels with hundreds of thousands of petroglyphs that occupy the rock outcropping of the Negev Highlands in southern Israel. These include abstract, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic elements, which are sometimes presented as hunting scenes. In this paper we will define hunting scene, review the themes and relate these figures t...
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Negev rock art comprises a large and diverse corpus of motifs and compositions developed over the course of several millennia. As dating of specific elements is at present not possible, the rock art was analyzed statistically through the study of individual panels where internal sequences of engraving could be discerned. Examining the set of such i...
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A petroglyph recorded in Har Michia during a rock art survey of the central Negev highlands depicts a communal hunt using a desert kite. With attention to the stylistic details and composition of the 79 elements comprising the panel, various information is retrieved. Short lines attached to the desert kite's guidelines may indicate a light bush con...

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The goal of the project is to promote and interpret Bedouin marks within the central part of the Negev Desert. In addition, I am also involved in a conservation element of a much larger project. See much uploaded academic paper list. The project is known as the Central Negev Rock art Project CNeg-RAP. In December, one of the team - Josh Schmidt will be organising a congress in the Negev, focusing on rock art conservation.