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By Gabrielle V. Novacek

On January 29, 2005, the Oriental Institute celebrated the legit public starting of the Haas and Schwartz Megiddo Gallery. This get together marked the go back of a few of the main remarkable artifacts ever excavated within the southern Levant to everlasting public show. The Oriental Institute's prolific historical past of exploration within the quarter is testomony to a long-standing scholarly ardour for discovery and the pursuit of data. This quantity attracts from the momentum generated by means of the hole of the Megiddo Gallery and provides a range of highlights from the Institute's higher Israel assortment.

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Within each of the metopes, the most characteristic artistic representation is of lions together with palm trees. As is evident in this example, metopes are usually separated from one another by a variety of designs, including checkerboards, crisscrosses, rays, and other patterns. Wavy lines are likely to represent water. 24. 0 cm OIM A18308 24. edu the late bronze age The Megiddo Ivories I Figure 7. The Megiddo ivories in situ. The Megiddo ivories as they lay in situ in the outermost room of the treasury (OIM photograph P.

Edu ancient israel 16. 16. 0 cm OIM A18522 Mycenae, located about 90 km southwest of Athens in modern Greece, was the center of a civilization that dominated much of the eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age. As the Mycenaeans engaged in trade throughout the region, it was only natural that their goods would pass through the city of Megiddo. Numerous luxury ceramic vessels, figurines, and even carved ivory found at the site attest to this interaction. THE POWERFUL CITY-STATE OF Mycenaean ceramics were generally of excellent craftsmanship, featuring very fine clay and a high technical standard of production.

F. Albright, in searching for the historical background for the biblical narratives, suggested that this movement of Amorite tribes into the southern Levant during the Early Bronze IV / Middle Bronze I served as the setting for the stories of the patriarchs found in the book of Genesis. Today some scholars instead explain this period as an internal shift in modes of life and social structures. As urban centers collapsed from a variety of internal and external causes, a more nomadic and village-based form of social organization became prominent.

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