A RESPONSE TO D. STACEY, "SOME ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE AQUEDUCTS OF QUMRAN"

A RESPONSE TO D. STACEY, "SOME ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE AQUEDUCTS OF QUMRAN" © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 Dead Sea Discoveries 14, 2 Also available online – www.brill.nl A RESPONSE TO D. STACEY, “SOME ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE AQUEDUCTS OF QUMRAN” JODI MAGNESS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill David Stacey provides a dense and detailed analysis of the water sys- tem at Qumran. An experienced fi eld archaeologist who served as a senior sta ff member on Ehud Netzer’s excavations at Herodian Jericho, Stacey deserves to be taken seriously. He attempts to demon- strate that the water system — including the numerous miqva’ot — was not established until the end of the fi rst century BCE (Period II). Stacey concludes that Qumran was not a sectarian settlement in the Hasmonean period but instead was part of the Hasmonean “Jericho estate.” In my response I hope to show that many of Stacey’s obser- vations about the relationship of elements of the water system to other architectural or stratigraphic features are highly speculative, unfounded, or erroneous. This means that Stacey’s far-reaching conclusions are untenable and are unsupported by the archaeolog- ical evidence. Because it is impossible to address all of Stacey’s observations on architecture and stratigraphy, I comment on selected http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dead Sea Discoveries Brill

A RESPONSE TO D. STACEY, "SOME ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE AQUEDUCTS OF QUMRAN"

Dead Sea Discoveries, Volume 14 (2): 244 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 Dead Sea Discoveries 14, 2 Also available online – www.brill.nl A RESPONSE TO D. STACEY, “SOME ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE AQUEDUCTS OF QUMRAN” JODI MAGNESS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill David Stacey provides a dense and detailed analysis of the water sys- tem at Qumran. An experienced fi eld archaeologist who served as a senior sta ff member on Ehud Netzer’s excavations at Herodian Jericho, Stacey deserves to be taken seriously. He attempts to demon- strate that the water system — including the numerous miqva’ot — was not established until the end of the fi rst century BCE (Period II). Stacey concludes that Qumran was not a sectarian settlement in the Hasmonean period but instead was part of the Hasmonean “Jericho estate.” In my response I hope to show that many of Stacey’s obser- vations about the relationship of elements of the water system to other architectural or stratigraphic features are highly speculative, unfounded, or erroneous. This means that Stacey’s far-reaching conclusions are untenable and are unsupported by the archaeolog- ical evidence. Because it is impossible to address all of Stacey’s observations on architecture and stratigraphy, I comment on selected

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