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Biblical Archaeology Forum: Bronze Age Destruction Lecture

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782

8:00 PM - 9:00 PMon Zoom

Just What Was Destroyed at the End of the Late Bronze Age?

Jesse Millek, University of Michigan

Throughout the Ancient Near East / Eastern Mediterranean, the end of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1200 BCE) is often defined in the literature as a time of violence and upheavals. Great destruction events ravaged this area, including the destruction of the palaces in Greece, the burning of Ras Shamra in Syria, the sacking of Hattusa in Anatolia, and the destruction of many great Canaanite cities in present-day Israel as mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

How much of this supposed destruction holds true under the scrutiny of archaeological evidence? For those sites with evident obliteration, what might have been the cause of the destruction based on the physical archaeological evidence?

The goal of this talk is to demonstrate just how much was destroyed (and where) at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the Ancient Near East / Eastern Mediterranean and what this indicates for the multiple theories that utilize destruction as a prime mover in the collapse of Bronze Age civilizations.



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