This project reassesses the value of Egyptian scarabs for chronological purposes. Egyptian scarabs and their Levantine imitations are a key-part of the Middle and Late Bronze Age material culture. While the chronological value of royal-name scarabs is obvious, design scarabs are much more challenging to date. A sound collection of scarabs from closed and dateable contexts, both from the southern Levant and Egypt is needed for a critical assessment of their chronological value.
This project is led by Vanessa Becker.