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5 - The archeology of Persian palestine

from THE PERSIAN PERIOD
Summary
In the history of Palestine, the Persian period is one of the more obscure periods, despite the fact that archeologically it is relatively recent. There were three types of tombs is used in Palestine, differing both in plan and in contents: the Intermediate type, the Cist type, and the Shaft type. The pottery of the Persian period is generally scanty in decoration. The Achemenid pottery was quite meagre and not common beyond the borders of Persia proper. Thus we may conclude that in the Persian period Palestine was divided, as far as pottery production is concerned, into two regions: Galilee and the coastal plain and the mountainous regions of Judea and Samaria. During the Persian period there were also coins in use in Palestine. The astonishing fact emerges that in the case of the material culture in Palestine one cannot distinguish any influence of the Persian material culture by whose name one identify the entire period.
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