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Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of a Minoan Presence Among Ancient Canaanites

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Excavating a "corridor" feature of the MB palace. Courtesy Tel Kabri Excavations Project.

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The excavations at Tel Kabri are still young, but the finds to date have set the stage for much more to come. All indications thus far point to the probability that more frescoes will be found, further supporting the Minoan connection. Looking at the larger picture, researchers hope to be able to reconstruct the life-cycle of the Canaanite palace, determine its actual size, and find answers to a host of new questions that have emerged as the investigations have progressed.

"It's like no other site I have seen because it [the palace] is so huge yet it was really only occupied during the Middle Bronze Age," says Cline. "There is a lot more to learn. I think that we've only just begun to scratch the surface."

 

How to Get Involved

Are you interested in digging at Tel Kabri in the coming seasons?  Go to http://digkabri2011.wordpress.com for more information.


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(1) "New Fragments of Aegean-Style Painted Plaster from Tel Kabri, Israel," American Journal of Archaeology, Volume 115, No. 2. p. 245.

(2) "New Fragments of Aegean-Style Painted Plaster from Tel Kabri, Israel," American Journal of Archaeology, Volume 115, No. 2. p. 245.

Cover Photo: Aerial view of the Tel Kabri excavation site. Courtesy Tel Kabri Excavations Project.

More detailed information about the Tel Kabri excavations and discoveries can be found in Volume 115, No.2 of the American Journal of Archaeology, published by the Archaeological Institute of America, and through an extended interview of Dr. Eric H. Cline, as published in the June issue of Popular Archaeology Magazine.

By Dan McLerran

Dan McLerran

As Managing Editor of Popular Archaeology Magazine, Dan is a freelance writer specializing in archaeology.  He studied anthropology and archaeology in undergraduate and graduate school and has been an active participant on archaeological excavations in the U.S. and abroad.  He is the creator and administrator of Archaeological Digs, a popular weblog about archaeological excavation and field school opportunities.  He is also the creator and administrator of ArchaeologyNet, a business-oriented social network for archaeologists, students, volunteers, and educators.

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