|28 October 2013
Excavations at the capital of a Bronze Age Canaanite kingdom
The 2013 excavations at Tel Kabri, in the western Galilee region of modern Israel, included the discovery of a complex composed of several rooms adjacent to the palace, and an additional large hall and rooms belonging to the palace, creating a 75-meter-long continuum of uninterrupted monumental architecture. The projected extent of the palace may be between 5,000 and 6,000 square meters.
The excavations aimed to locate the western edge of the palace, instead encountering the remains of a palatial storage complex with the remains of nearly 40 large Canaanite storage jars along with other vessels, including a smaller storage jar with two handles, a goblet (or 'Kabri cup'), and parts of a jug and a small dipper jug.
This is the largest concentration of restorable pottery found anywhere in the palace of Kabri, and the only entire room still full of artefacts. It is also the first time that such a storeroom with jars still present has been uncovered within a Middle Bronze Age palace in Canaan, and residue analysis as well as pottery provenance studies are planned. It is hoped those results should provide insights into Canaanite palatial economy during the early-mid second millennium BCE.
Edited from Academia.edu (October 2013)
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