By Meredith S. Chesson
This quantity emerges from a consultation honoring Walter E. Rast and R. Thomas Schaub held throughout the 2003 Annual assembly of the yankee faculties of Oriental study in Atlanta, Georgia and comprises elevated types of some of the papers offered in that consultation. by way of amassing in Atlanta, and via engaging during this quantity, the members honor the careers and scholarly passions of Walt and Tom, whose paintings in southern Levantine archaeology all started within the Nineteen Sixties once they have been younger students operating with Paul Lapp. The breadth and intensity of expertise of the individuals disciplinary and theoretical pursuits displays the shared impression of and esteem for Walt s and Tom s personal scholarly presents as archaeologists, mentors, collaborators, and highbrow innovators. the first disciplinary houses for the students contributing to this quantity surround a vast diversity of tools and methods to studying concerning the prior: anthropological archaeology, close to japanese archaeology, biblical archaeology, and actual anthropology. Their institutional houses contain universities and institutes in Canada, Denmark, Israel, Jordan, Sweden, the uk, and the USA; their theoretical houses contain the broadly-conceived archaeological frameworks of culture-history, processualism, and post-processualism. jointly, those papers mirror the large breadth of impression that Tom s and Walt s scholarly contributions have made to EB studies.
Walt and Tom shared a present that many have benefited from: mild listening, wondering, and pushing for extra refined analyses of Early Bronze Age existence. Their keen engagement of more youthful students, in addition to their involvement with their friends, arises from their commitment to listening good, devoting time to others principles and views, and a beneficiant willingness to provide freely to others out of the wealthy depths in their lifelong scholarly objectives and profound knowing of the Early Bronze Age, archaeology, and lifestyles normally. some of the participants to this quantity have received larger realizing as a result of Walt's and Tom's present of listening, prepared insights, and bottomless enthusiasm for studying extra concerning the previous and the current within the southern Levant. The 18 essays offered listed below are to honor either males for those presents either to the self-discipline of archaeology and to such a lot of folks engaged in that highbrow pastime.