While strolling in Tel Aviv I stumbled into some sort of partly open-air yardshop with lots of stuff, books and the usual things found in flea markets, yard sales or thrift shops. This was in a dead-end passage between two buildings on Rehov (street) Hamelekh George just after leaving Allenby boulevard. I leafed through a couple of books, one being a recent, Hebrew-only book about archeological findings with nice pictures. The owner of this place then showed me a more ancient book in English with black and white pictures of archeological sites, this second book which was published in 1948 was titled The Quaterly Of The Department Of Antiquities In Palestine Volume XIII NOS 3-4, published in Jerusalem "For the Government of Palestine by Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press" in London E.C. 4 - 1948.
My attention was aroused by several of the pictures which were shot in the early 1940s' in a Bronze-age era cemetery at Dhahrat El Humraiya. This archeological site was unearthed in 1942 (april 24 to june 2) at a distance of about 12 kilometers south of Jaffa-Tel Aviv, and south-west of Rishon Le Zion where by the way the Baron de Rothschild built one of his two wineries in the late 19th century. The place may be built-on today as Israel is quite developped and urbanized, and I don't know what remains of this archeological site.
Frequently a group of bowls and dishes was placed near the feet, and occasionally near the head or thigh as well. A number of small juglets, mostly of the button-base type, of a well- levigated ware and covered with a lustrous deep red slip, was usually placed near the mouth or hands of the deceased. In some graves the body seems to have been interred with a small amphora in between its hands
The relative proximity and the disposition of some of the burials suggested family graves. In grave 11 [the one shown here] the female burial, lying on the left side of the male, seems to have been a secondary interment. In such secondary burials a jar or amphora, but generally few other objects, seem to have been added to the original deposit. On the other hand, single female burials contained by far the finest deposits.
The beginning of winemaking in the Ancient Near East [Pdf]
Wine artifacts from the Bronze Age (from a commercial gallery in Jerusalem).