Swords into Plowshares, The Isaiah Scroll and Its Message of Peace
Closes September 16
Studying Art in the Museum
for adults and children at beginning and advanced levels
Secrets and Ties
Wondrous Connections in the Israel Museum Collections
The galleries in the main building are currently closed to the public
due to the comprehensive program of renewal at the Israel Museum.
Signs of Life: Animating Ticho House
Until September 26
The Shrine of the Book
Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Youth Wing
Campus Renewal Project

Civilizations of Canaan

The Intermediate Canaanite (Bronze) Age 2,300–2,000 BCE

The period between the Early Canaanite (Bronze) Age and the Middle Canaanite (Bronze) Age is known as the  Intermediate Canaanite (Bronze) Age (2,300–2,000 BCE), differentiating it tion were different from what immediately preceded and followed. Society had fragmented into smaller, more mobile (often nomadic) groups when the large urban centers of the Early Canaanite (Bronze) Age collapsed. Pastoralism (sheep and goat herding) took precedence over field agriculture, allowing people to exist in difficult ecological niches such as the desert and the densely afforested hill country. It was safer and freer beyond the old frontiers. Beyond the borders of Canaan other lands were also in turmoil, brought on by sociopolitical collapse.

Other peoples were also on the move; one such group, known both from the Bible and ancient documents, were the Amorites. Some remains of material culture, particularly from the north of the country, indicate  that groups of people did penetrate Canaan from Syria. The innovation of alloying copper with tin to make bronze perhaps came from this direction. Most of the artifacts exhibited - predominantly pottery, copper weapons, and jewelry - were recovered from tombs located in large, perhaps tribal, burial grounds throughout the land.

Archaeology Wing
Judaica and Jewish Ethnography
Art Wing
Youth Wing
Art Garden
Shrine of the Book
Ticho House
Rockefeller Museum
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