Israel Finkelstein/Tel Aviv University

Four-room houses, such as this Iron Age I example from Izbet Sartah in the Judahite hill country, are traditional parts of the Israelite and Judahite building program in the Iron Age. Faust notes that four-room houses disappear from Judah’s archaeological record in the early sixth century, suggesting a discontinuity between Judahite culture in the Iron Age and the Neo-Babylonian period.