In the seventeen years since the publication of the first four volumes of the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, the steadily expanding pace and range of archaeological investigation of the Holy Land and adjacent areas has produced significant new data on the ancient sites, history, social evolution, and material culture of the region. This has necessitated that a fifth supplementary volume be produced in addition to the original four-volume work.
This fifth volume contains both new and revised site entries, reflecting not only the increase in archaeological knowledge, but also the intensification of multidisciplinary collaboration between archaeologists, historians, environmental scientists, information technologists, and archaeometric specialists in recent years. Volume 5 of the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land is intended to provide scholars, students, and general readers with an authoritative and up-to-date compilation of the new information and the new approaches to and interpretations of the material finds. This fifth volume is a welcome and necessary supplement to the highly acclaimed first four volumes and cannot be overlooked by any serious student of archaeology in the Holy Land.