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Minoan Frescoes at Tel Kabri: Aegean Art in Bronze Age Israel
Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 6/21/2013 | Noah Wiener

Posted on 07/21/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Over 100 years of excavations on Crete have exposed elegant Minoan frescoes that once adorned the walls of the island’s Bronze Age palaces. This distinctively colorful Aegean art style flourished in the Middle Bronze Age (1750-1550 B.C.). The nearby inhabitants of Akrotiri, a city on the Cycladic island of Thera (modern Santorini), painted numerous artworks in the style of the Minoan frescoes before the island was decimated by a volcanic eruption in the late 17th or 16th century B.C.

Until recently, there was no archaeological evidence of Minoan frescoes beyond the islands of the Aegean. Art exhibiting Aegean characteristics has been uncovered at recent excavations in Egypt, Syria and Turkey—and at the Canaanite palace of Tel Kabri in Israel. In the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Tel Kabri excavators Eric H. Cline and Assaf Yasur-Landau explore how Aegean art, architecture and painted plaster fragments, reminiscent of Minoan frescoes, ended up at Canaanite Tel Kabri.

Aegean art at Tel Kabri was first discovered in 1989, when Aharon Kempinksi and Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier uncovered a checkerboard floor with depictions of Aegean flora as well as 2,000 painted plaster fragments exhibiting characteristics similar to Minoan frescoes. The current Tel Kabri excavation, under the direction of BAR authors Eric H. Cline and Assaf Yasur-Landau,* has uncovered many more pieces of painted wall plaster. In addition to Aegean art, the team recently exposed an expensive building lined with Aegean-style orthostat blocks and dowel holes similar to those found in Aegean palaces.

Why would the Canaanite ruler of Tel Kabri want to adorn his palace with Aegean art reminiscent of Crete’s Minoan frescoes?

(Excerpt) Read more at biblicalarchaeology.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; minoan; minoans; telkabri
Excavations at Tel Kabri have uncovered fragments of painted plaster reflecting an Aegean art style seen on Cycladic and Minoan frescoes. Why did the Canaanite ruler of Tel Kabri employ Aegean art and architecture? Photo: Nurith Goshen.

Minoan Frescoes at Tel Kabri: Aegean Art in Bronze Age Israel

1 posted on 07/21/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

So old and, yet, so young. :{)


2 posted on 07/21/2013 3:46:28 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv

Because...they were Philistines.


3 posted on 07/21/2013 3:49:41 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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Remains of Minoan-style painting discovered during excavations of Canaanite palace
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2383594/posts

Did Unemployed Minoan Artists Land Jobs in Ancient Egypt?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2422780/posts

New Fragments of Aegean-Style Painted Plaster from Tel Kabri, Israel
http://www.ajaonline.org/node/847

http://digkabri2013.wordpress.com/2013-season/

https://www.google.com/images?q=Tel+Kabri&oe=utf-8&hl=en&sa=X

Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History (#26, 27, 99-)
http://www.varchive.org/ce/theses.htm

Beth-Shan
http://www.varchive.org/ce/bethshan.htm

“The Scandal of Enkomi”
http://www.varchive.org/dag/enkomi.htm


4 posted on 07/21/2013 3:49:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

One of *those* topics.


5 posted on 07/21/2013 3:50:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

6 posted on 07/21/2013 3:51:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SatinDoll; gorush

:’)

http://www.phoenixdatasystems.com/goliath/contents.htm


7 posted on 07/21/2013 3:55:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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http://www.algora.com/52/book/details.html


8 posted on 07/21/2013 3:56:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: gorush

Ten years ago, Manfred Bietak discovered a small palace at Tell ed-Daba in the eastern Nile delta, decorated with Minoan-style art. He dated it to the beginning of the New Kingdom. I’m sure there’s a connection with the one in Israel.


9 posted on 07/21/2013 3:57:02 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: SatinDoll
I have heard something close...that the Philistines were Myceneans.

"Phil" + "Hestia"...in Greek "love of the hearth" = Philistine.

My understanding is there is a good chance that after Troy when the dark ages came upon Greece the Myceneans moved to Canaan in large numbers.

Although I believe a few had already lived there for some time because "The Way of the Philistines" (the path Moses did not take which is mentioned in the Book Of Exodus) was already in existence (c. 1440 BC).

10 posted on 07/21/2013 3:59:27 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SatinDoll

LOL


11 posted on 07/21/2013 4:05:26 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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Ahmose’s Links with Minoan Crete
http://www.specialtyinterests.net/dyn18.html#almc

Evidence for the Mycenaean Age Paralleling the El Amarna Age
http://www.specialtyinterests.net/dyn18.html#evm

Hammurabi and the Revised Chronology
http://www.varchive.org/ce/hammurabi.html

Mycenae and Scythia
http://www.varchive.org/dag/mas.htm

Haremhab’s Great Edict
http://www.varchive.org/tac/haredict.htm

The First Greeks in Egypt
http://www.varchive.org/tac/greeks.htm

Caphtor
http://www.varchive.org/ce/baalbek/caphtor.htm

Tarshish
http://www.varchive.org/ce/baalbek/tarshish.htm

Tarshish
http://www.varchive.org/nldag/tarshish.htm

Sicily
http://www.varchive.org/dag/sicily.htm


12 posted on 07/21/2013 4:12:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Berosus

I posted above a few links about that. :’)


13 posted on 07/21/2013 4:13:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: what's up

The only www ref I could find was here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2745507/posts?page=45#45

The Trojan War didn’t take place until centuries after the Exodus, and there is no trace of a Greek Dark Age — the latter results from the conventional pseudochronology of Egypt.


14 posted on 07/21/2013 4:17:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Berosus

Crete has always fascinated me. For one thing it’s origins seem to be almost totally lost.

There are hints. In Greek Mythology, Crete is the powerhouse of the Mediterranean while Athens is just a small backwater. I think it was mysterious even to the ancient Greeks.


15 posted on 07/21/2013 4:24:59 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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http://www.phoenixdatasystems.com/goliath/c1.htm

[snip] Abimelech, whose name is Semitic, was king of the Philistines. His captain, Phicol, had a non-Semitic name. [/snip]

http://www.phoenixdatasystems.com/goliath/c5/c5a.htm

[snip] Since we do not yet possess sufficient epigraphic material of a Philistine language (with the exceptions perhaps of the Deir Alla tablets and the seal at Ashdod, both still undeciphered), this etymology for Achish may be premature. The commentary also cites Mitchell (1967, 415), who points out that the name Achish was found on an Eighteenth Dynasty (Late Bronze Age) Egyptian writing board with Cretan (kftyw) names... The name Goliath, like Achish, is not Semitic, but rather Anatolian (McCarter 1980, 291, Mitchell 1967, 415; Wainwright 1959, 79). [/snip]

http://www.phoenixdatasystems.com/goliath/c4/c4a.htm

[snip] The most striking finds in this Deir el-Balah dig site were uncovered while excavating the cemetery, namely, anthropoid clay coffins with removable lids in the shape of heads. None of the heads pictured on these coffins, however, wore the feathered headdress of the Sea Peoples (see p. 59); their headgear was of an Egyptian style. [/snip]

http://www.phoenixdatasystems.com/goliath/endnotes.htm

[snip] 11. Albright uses the study of names and the Luwian dialect to place the origin of the Philistines in southwest Anatolia... 1. Naveh (1985, 9, 13 n. 14) states that Ikausu, the name of the king of Ekron in the seventh century b.c., is a non-Semitic name that can be associated with that of the Achish of Gath in David’s time. The name in the seventh century has a shin ending that is non-West Semitic. [/snip]


16 posted on 07/21/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Some of these History Channel shows are so bad that I hesitate to mention it but here goes anyway.

Maybe 5 years ago they had one about ancient Israel and the Philistines. They actually called the Philistines (The Sea People) and suggested they came from Greece.


17 posted on 07/21/2013 4:34:57 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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Anthropoid Coffins from Deir el-Balah
http://pluto.mscc.huji.ac.il/~msjan/coffins.html

Uncovering an Egyptian Outpost in Canaan from the Time of the Exodus [sic]
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/reviews/deir-el-balah/

Deir el-Balah: A Geological, Archaeological, and Historical Reassessment of an Egyptianizing 13th and 12th Century B.C.E. Center [pdf]
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25066966?uid=3739656&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102171744753


18 posted on 07/21/2013 4:35:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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URL too long
19 posted on 07/21/2013 4:35:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: yarddog

Yeah, that comes up once in a while (the idea, not the show). I think there was at least one topic about that very idea, and perhaps about that show — maybe Jacobovich? He tried to make the (mythical) mid-2nd m BC Thera supereruption responsible for parting of the Red Sea, a tsunami which drowned the pharaoh’s army, and then attributed somebody or other to, hmm, the Mycenaeans? Minoans? (because a volcano hundreds of miles away can manipulate huge bodies of water by remote control) I have that disk around here, uh, somewhere. James Cameron produced it. Ah, there were a bunch of ‘em:

https://www.google.com/search?q=jacobovici+exodus+site:freerepublic.com

Philistines Sea Peoples:
https://www.google.com/search?q=philistines+sea+peoples+site%3Afreerepublic.com


20 posted on 07/21/2013 4:42:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: yarddog

more general hits:

https://www.google.com/search?q=sea+people+site%3Afreerepublic.com


21 posted on 07/21/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

22 posted on 07/21/2013 4:54:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

:’) You know what I like.


23 posted on 07/21/2013 5:02:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Why would the Canaanite ruler of Tel Kabri want to adorn his palace with Aegean art reminiscent of Crete’s Minoan frescoes?

His wife was Minoan! Made her happy and it was cheaper than vacationing in Crete.

24 posted on 07/21/2013 5:05:41 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: SunkenCiv

There is a really good novel about Crete, the Illuminati, Moon Goddesses, etc titled “Waking The Moon”.

I forgot the author’s name but it really gets into a lot of history and mysticism without taking the whole Illuminati stuff too seriously. Well it is serious in the book but the author admits she doesn’t really believe any of that stuff.


25 posted on 07/21/2013 5:51:03 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Trojan War didn’t take place until centuries after the Exodus

2 to be exact.

And that's what I implied in my post. I said that even though the Exodus took place beforehand there were probably already some Philistines living in the area. The flood of them came later.

26 posted on 07/22/2013 12:37:33 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SunkenCiv

The more archeologists poke around, the more evidence is discovered that there was a lot of traveling around in ancient times with trade and diverse contacts between cultures.


27 posted on 07/22/2013 3:53:04 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv

Why would the Canaanite ruler of Tel Kabri want to adorn his palace with Aegean art reminiscent of Crete’s Minoan frescoes?”

Maybe the Caananites had their roots in Minoan culture.


28 posted on 07/22/2013 3:55:33 PM PDT by wildbill
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The Argonaut Epos and Bronze Age Economic History
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1199756/posts

The Linear B Tablets and Mycenaean Social, Political, and Economic Organization
Lesson 25, The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1202723/posts

he Linear B Tablets and Mycenaean Social, Political, and Economic Organization
Lesson 25, The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1290075/posts

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1201978/posts

found ‘em here:

King of the Wild Frontier (Hyksos art and architecture in the Sinai)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1464082/posts


29 posted on 07/22/2013 5:15:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Inscription in Carian and Greek
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/1173453/posts?page=10#10

Non-Attic Characters
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1173901/posts

Quarry, Setting and Team Marks: The Carian Connection
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/1239452/posts

So Who Is Buried in Midas’s Tomb?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/596541/posts

Very nice topics list (working links):
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2337119/posts?page=24#24

annnnnd...

New Ice-Core Evidence Challenges the 1620s age for the Santorini (Minoan) Eruption
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1180724/posts


30 posted on 07/22/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Hey, alright, the homepage doesn’t seem to exist, but the actual pages are still there!

Language Finger
https://www.google.com/search?q=language%20finger%20site%3Alib.umt.edu

Minoan Greek
http://www.lib.umt.edu/lang/miscieh.htm#MinGrk


31 posted on 07/22/2013 5:50:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: what's up

The Exodus was in the 15th c BC, the Trojan War was in the late 8th c BC.


32 posted on 07/22/2013 5:57:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: wildbill

:’) The Canaanites are mostly a political tool for beating on modern Israel; this Minoan site was part of a whole different drift of people from Anatolia, the Aegean, and points n and w.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 6:03:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: yarddog

Thanks yarddog.


34 posted on 07/22/2013 6:03:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: wildbill

Yeah, the idea of coast-hugging 20 mile and back local trade is moribund.

Hey, I’ve always wanted to use moribund in a sentence. ;’)


35 posted on 07/22/2013 6:04:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Illiad/Odyssey was written around the 8th century BC.

The War was around 400 years earlier.

36 posted on 07/22/2013 7:09:06 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

No, it wasn’t.


37 posted on 07/22/2013 7:20:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I'm not sure what source you use.

It's generally considered that the end of the bronze age was around 1200-1100 BC...the time of the Trojan War.

38 posted on 07/22/2013 11:32:56 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SunkenCiv

Actually, both were probably in the 13th century BC, about 1250 — though the Trojan War might have been a bit later, ca. 1175 BC (see my new book out on the Trojan War and a previous book that I published on biblical mysteries, including the Exodus)...And, do forgive my intrusion, but it IS my article that you posted which started this thread. :-) We’re currently still at Kabri, about to start the last week of excavation for this summer...Thanks for your interest in the topic...


39 posted on 07/27/2013 6:41:37 AM PDT by ehcline
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