The Early Bronze Age IA of southwestern Canaan

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The most accepted chronological scheme for southwestern Canaanite EB I argues for its division into two phases: early–EB LA, and late–EB IB (Amiran and Gophna 1992; Stager 1992: 28). For a summary of researchers' opinions see table 33.1. Since S. Yeivin's (1961) excavations at Erani, the EB IB of southwestern Canaan became relatively well documented and defined (Gophna 1990b). Its remains were recorded in many sites within the research area (fig. 33.1) such as “En Besor, Tel Halif Terrace, Ma'ahaz, Erani, and Afridar (see also Porat 1992: map 1), and it has been found that its most characteristic feature is an abundance of Egyptian, or Egyptian-inspired finds. However, the phase preceding it, the EB LA, is poorly understood, and needs further clarification (Dessel 1991: 93).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in the archaeology of Israel and neighboring lands in memory of Douglas L. Esse
EditorsSamuel Richard Wolff
PublisherThe Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)1885923155
StatePublished - 2001

Publication series

Name Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization
PublisherThe Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
NameASOR Books
PublisherThe American Schools of Oriental research


  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities


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