Women’s daily life in Bronze Age Canaan

Authored by: Jennie Ebeling

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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This chapter describes the daily lives of women in Canaan during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages (henceforth MBA and LBA), approximately 2000–1200 bce. Canaan is defined in this chapter as the southern Levant, equating to modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Horowitz and Oshima 2006: 3, note 1). During this approximately 800-year period, Canaan transformed from a series of independent and heavily-fortified city-states controlled by local rulers to a land first disrupted, then annexed by New Kingdom Egypt and controlled either directly or indirectly by the pharaoh and his officials. Material excavated from MBA–LBA contexts inform on many aspects of daily life and demonstrate the dynamic nature of Canaanite settlement during this period.

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