Field Report

The Great Temple of Early Bronze I Megiddo


Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley of Israel has been the most cited type-site of the Early Bronze Age Levant since the excavations of the University of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Through the efforts of the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition, the stratigraphic sequence of the Early Bronze Age has been significantly refined, and a new monumental temple dating to Early Bronze Age IB (ca. 3000 B.C.E.) has been discovered. This Great Temple has proven to be the most monumental structure of the period in the Levant. This discovery provides new evidence for the rise of social and political complexity in the region.


The Great Temple of Early Bronze I Megiddo

By Matthew J. Adams, Israel Finkelstein, and David Ussishkin

American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 118, No. 2 (April 2014), pp. 285–305

DOI: 10.3764/aja.118.2.0285

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