Arad: Canaanite city gate

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The Early Bronze II (Canaanite) city had several gates, each just wide enough to allow entry by a loaded cart. The existence of several gates, and the modest height of the walls suggests peaceful times, and the absence of large buildings - even those identified by Amiran as "palace" and "temple" are only a little larger than most domestic sites - suggests a relatively un-stratified society at that time (c.2900–2650BCE).

The city prospered not only through cultivation and keeping flocks, but traces of foreign products - including Egyptian pottery - suggest trade was also a source of prosperity.

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