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 yank colleges of Oriental study in Atlanta, Georgia and comprises accelerated types of the various papers awarded in that consultation. through accumulating in Atlanta, and through partaking during this quantity, the members honor the careers and scholarly passions of Walt and Tom, whose paintings in southern Levantine archaeology begun within the 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 large variety of equipment and methods to studying in regards to the previous: anthropological archaeology, close to jap archaeology, biblical archaeology, and actual anthropology. Their institutional houses contain universities and institutes in Canada, Denmark, Israel, Jordan, Sweden, the uk, and the U.S.; their theoretical houses contain the broadly-conceived archaeological frameworks of culture-history, processualism, and post-processualism. jointly, those papers mirror the big 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 subtle analyses of Early Bronze Age lifestyles. 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 ambitions and profound figuring out of the Early Bronze Age, archaeology, and existence mostly. a number of the individuals to this quantity have received better figuring out due to Walt's and Tom's present of listening, willing insights, and bottomless enthusiasm for studying extra concerning the prior 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 activity.