Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Model house
Arad
Early Bronze Age, 3000–2650 BCE
Pottery
H: 21; W: 26.5; D: 14 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1964-236
 
 
This rare find, a model house, sheds light on the appearance of houses in Arad. Arad’s houses were boxy, windowless, single-story structures with flat roofs and gutters for the collection of rainwater. They consisted of a main room used for sleeping, storage, and some food preparation, and a side room used for cooking. Livestock was kept in the courtyard. Other daily activities, such as spinning, weaving, and flint tool-making, were carried out there, as well.

Publications:
Chronicles of the Land, Archaeology in the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Dayagi-Mendels Michal, and Rozenberg, Silvia (eds.), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2010

Exhibition:
Beliefs and Believers; Ancient Art from the Israel Museum, Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 31/05/2007 - 05/11/2009

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir