Sites & cities that bear the name of Tel Ali

Tel Ali

Today in : Israel
First trace of activity : ca. 8,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 30th century B.C.E

Description : Tel Ali is an archaeological site located one mile south of the Sea of Galilee, in the central Jordan Valley, Israel. It has been excavated twice. First, during the years 1955–1959, Moshe Prausnitz conducted salvage excavations on behalf of the Israel Department of Antiquities. He published only preliminary reports and most of the excavation finds remained unstudied. Prausnitz uncovered a detailed sequence of occupation including: Pre-Pottery Neolithic B, Pre-Pottery Neolithic C, Pottery Neolithic B (Wadi Rabah), Middle Chalcolithic (Beth-Shean XVIII) and Late Chalcolithic (Ghassulian). However, at the time of excavation many of these phases had not yet been defined. The picture at Tel Ali became clearer only after Yosef Garfinkel's excavations in 1989–1990. Two excavation areas were opened and 300 m2 (3,200 sq ft) were uncovered. Tel Ali contributes to the understanding of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in a variety of ways: Very few sites in the southern Levant present such a long settlement history It was occupied during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C (PPNC) period, a phase not recognized in the earlier days of research It was occupied during the Middle Chalcolithic period. This cultural horizon is known in the Jordan Valley from a number of small assemblages: Beth-Shean XVIII, Tel Tsaf, Tell esh-Shunah, Tell Abu Habil, and Abu Hamid.

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