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date: 21 August 2018

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This article examines archaeological evidence about the condition and changes in the southern Levant, or Transjordan, during the Iron Age I. The Iron Age I archaeological sites in Jordan can be divided into two principal groups: those in the Jordan Valley and those in the highlands. The analysis reveals that there is no significant number of sites from the Transitional period in the Jordan Valley where the orientation of the material culture was towards the Valley culture of the west, and that the major part of the Iron I periodhas no clear sub-divisions.The findings also indicate that the Karak region began to be settled only towards the end of Iron I and that there are no clear Iron I sites south of the Wadi al-Hasa.

Keywords: southern Levant, Transjordan, Iron Age I, archaeological sites, material culture, Karak region, Wadi al-Hasa

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