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Ancient Canaanites Imported Animals from Egypt
Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom

Posted on 06/25/2016 5:03:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

The ancient Canaanites living in Gath some 5,000 years ago weren't sacrificing their own livestock to appease the gods. They were importing animals from ancient Egypt, archaeologists have now proven.

A donkey, as well as some sheep and goats whose remains were found in Early Bronze Age layers at Gath dating to 4900 years ago turn out to have been born and bred in the Nile valley.The discovery at the archaeological site of Tell el-Safi shows that animals were part of the extensive trading relations between the Old Kingdom of Egypt and Early Bronze Age Canaan (circa 2900-2500 BCE)....

Until now, trade in animals themselves had been known only from later periods (the Middle Bronze Age), and usually it went in the other direction -- from Canaan to Egypt. This is the first concrete evidence of Canaanites importing Egyptian animals, let alone that early.

It bears adding that evidence of animal sacrifice, on the other hand, was anything but rare: vast amounts of sacrificial animal remains, also dating from 5,000 years ago, had been found at Megiddo....

The specific animal, after being killed, had its head was tied to the body, and was then it was placed in a pit.

The origin of the donkey was ascertained by isotopic analysis of its teeth, which enables comparison of trace elements in bones without destroying them. The results clearly showed that the sacrificial ass had not been born and raised locally at Gath, but was imported and lived in the Canaanite city only briefly before its death.

Four goats and a sheep also found in the Early Bronze age layer at Gath were analyzed and were shown to have also been born and bred in the Nile valley.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; bronzeage; canaan; canaanites; egypt; gath; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; huntergatherers; megiddo; tellessafi

Subtitled, "Analysis of a sacrificial donkey found in the foundations of a house in ancient Gath, and of other remains, show they were born and bred in the Nile."
A donkey sacrificed in Canaanite ritual, found in situ at Tell es-Safi (Gath). Analysis of its teeth showed that it was born and bred in ancient Egypt. [Richard Wiskin]

Richard Wiskin

1 posted on 06/25/2016 5:03:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 06/25/2016 5:03:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I'm on My Way to Canaan Land
3 posted on 06/25/2016 5:28:09 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin
Carole King - Been To Canaan
4 posted on 06/25/2016 5:34:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The gates of Gath were so large that they did not know what they were for quite a while. Canaanites were giants as shown by the gates. These could eat as much as about 15 normal humans but I doubt they could provide their own food. Some of the large ships thought to be Noah's Arc were probably ships to feed these beasts.
5 posted on 06/25/2016 5:43:10 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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I have seen an ancient cannanite temple, in the center altar stone was the Muslim moon and star symbol. My guess is that the donkey was stolen. Cannanites were known also for their lack of morality.


6 posted on 06/25/2016 5:50:21 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The discovery at the archaeological site of Tell el-Safi shows that animals were part of the extensive trading relations between the Old Kingdom of Egypt and Early Bronze Age Canaan (circa 2900-2500 BCE BC).

FIFY

7 posted on 06/25/2016 6:09:47 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: mountainlion
These could eat as much as about 15 normal humans but I doubt they could provide their own food.

There's a medical term for that condition: "teenager".

8 posted on 06/25/2016 6:43:14 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Somebody who agrees with me 80% of the time is a friend and ally, not a 20% traitor. - Ronald Reagan)
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Dynasty 0 (Egyptian colonies in Canaan)
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/francescoraf/hesyra/Dynasty0-Raffaele_AH17.pdf | Francesco Raffaele
Posted on 11/27/2004 9:48:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt [RC dating of 1st dynasty]
BBC News | September 3, 2013 | Rebecca Morelle
Posted on 09/04/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3062722/posts


9 posted on 06/25/2016 6:59:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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Gath keyword:
10 posted on 06/25/2016 7:01:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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The Great Flood was 3500 years ago; so the “ancient Canaanites living in Gath” got their comeuppance! Noah had his sheep and goats on board!
11 posted on 06/25/2016 7:02:57 AM PDT by TRY ONE (I never got the memo changing the name of Global Warming to Klimate Change)
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To: Pollster1

There’s a medical term for that condition: “teenager”.

Imagine if you will a 10 foot tall teenager.


12 posted on 06/25/2016 7:53:25 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Imagine if you will a 12 foot tall refrigerator that’s empty. Again.


13 posted on 06/25/2016 9:19:12 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Somebody who agrees with me 80% of the time is a friend and ally, not a 20% traitor. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: SunkenCiv

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.

First time we sang this, it was a little confusing but I was really into it because I thought it was about a bomb.


14 posted on 06/25/2016 9:49:17 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice

Dorian mode tune, too, if memory serves.


15 posted on 06/26/2016 7:41:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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