Egyptian bronzeworking practices in late bronze age Canaan

Naama Yahalom-Mack*

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Recent excavations at Tel Rehov uncovered a bronzeworking smithy dated to the late 13th century b.c.e. in which a canal was used to position the crucible, as was routine practice at the contemporary site of Qantir in the Nile Delta. The identical formation technique of the tuyères at both sites suggests that the smith at Tel Rehov was well acquainted with the bronzeworking traditions used at Qantir. In light of this discovery, additional evidence of what appears to be Egyptian bronzeworking practices from two other sites, Tel Zeror in the Sharon plain and Tel Mor in the southern coastal plain, is presented and discussed. Based on these remains and the Egyptian technological choices they represent, it is suggested that, for the first time, there is evidence that Egyptian bronzesmiths were present in Canaan during the period of the 19th and 20th Egyptian Dynasties' occupation, along with potters and other Egyptian craftsmen that have been previously identified in the archaeological record.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
StatePublished - Nov 2015

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  • Bronzeworking
  • Canaan
  • Egyptian
  • Late bronze age
  • Melting canals
  • Technological style


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