Consumption Preferences at the Collapse of Empire: The Case of New Kingdom Jaffa

Author(s): Jacob Damm

Year: 2017


The site of Tel Yafo (modern Jaffa, Israel) provides unique insight into the tenure of the Egyptian New Kingdom empire in the Levant (ca. 16th - 11th centuries BCE). As attested to in both ancient documents and by the presence of Egyptian monumental architecture, Jaffa functioned as an important imperial center. As the empire waned, Jaffa persisted as one of the last Egyptian holdings in the region. Recent excavations by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP) have opened this final period to scrutiny by uncovering a series of narrowly dated occupation and destruction levels within the city's gateway. Through close examination of the ceramic data generated by these excavations, it is possible to detect both gradual and punctuated shifts in the character of the assemblage wherein there is a diachronic decrease in the consumption of imported and locally produced Egyptian ceramics. When considered contextually, these shifts correlate with violent episodes at the site, culminating in the complete disappearance of Egyptian-style forms from the material record. Indeed, the C14-derived absolute chronology of each phase allows for the assessment of consumption preferences in both functional and symbolic ceramic categories at an almost generational level as individuals negotiated the end of Egyptian imperial control.

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Consumption Preferences at the Collapse of Empire: The Case of New Kingdom Jaffa. Jacob Damm. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431671)


Egypt Empire Levant

Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17327