BAR 16:05, Sep/Oct 1990
Battle Over Jericho Heats Up
Jericho Was Destroyed in the Middle Bronze Age, Not the Late Bronze Age
In Did the Israelites Conquer Jericho? A New Look at the Archaeological Evidence, BAR 16:02, Bryant Wood argued that the destruction level at Jericho (John Garstangs City IV), previously dated by Kathleen Kenyon to the end of the Middle Bronze Age (c. 1550 B.C.), should be dated to the end of Late Bronze I (c. 1400 B.C.). He pursues this argument in an attempt to show that this destruction was the one inflicted by the Israelites, as recorded in Joshua 6 and Judges 3.
Each of Woods arguments is flawed: At each point he is either wrong, does not take account of previously published data or his argument is simply irrelevant.