Collared-rim storage jars were once deemed to be the “fossile directeur for both the Iron I period and the Israelite presence within it. It has recently been shown, however, that the type begins to appear in LB II and is found also outside the Israelite sphere in Iron I. Thus, its significance lies not in its mere appearance, but rather in its relative frequency in the assemblage” (Raphael Greenberg, “New Light of the Early Iron Age at Tell Beit Mirsim,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 265 [1987], p. 71).