Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol 19, No 1 (2006)

Is Somebody Watching You? Ancient Surveillance Systems in the Southern Judean Desert

Yuval Yekutieli
Issued Date: 15 Mar 2007

Abstract


The Panoptic model of surveillance, which enables a small number of observers to control large numbers of people, is usually considered a modern (18th century AD) invention and a conceptual cornerstone of modern surveillance and disciplinary systems. On the basis of two case studies encountered in a survey near the southwestern edge of the Dead Sea, this study suggests that the concept of surveillance is much older. The first case deals with a quarry from the Roman period, and the second concentrates on an ascent from the Early Bronze Age II–III periods (3000–2400 BC).

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DOI: 10.1558/jmea.2006.19.1.65

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