Itzhaq Beit-Arieh

During the Early Bronze Age, Canaanite pioneers migrated to Sinai, where they built small clusters of stone houses in the midst of a vast granite landscape. The author discovered more than 40 of these settlements in southern Sinai dating to the Early Bronze Age II (2850 B.C. to 2650 B.C.). So small they could not be considered villages or even hamlets, each settlement of 5 to 20 families had a corresponding number of dwelling units spaced about 100 feet apart.