de Geus, “Archaeological Research,” p. 67. Lawrence Stager has discussed the significance of this technology for Iron I settlements. Terracing the hills made them agriculturally useful and helped open up the highland frontier of Canaan. See Lawrence Stager, “The Archaeology of the East Slope of Jerusalem and the Terraces of the Kidron,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 41 (1982), pp. 111–121; and “The Archaeology of the Family in Ancient Israel,” BASOR 260 (1985), pp. 1–35.