Courtesy Andrea M. Berlin

Potluck supper. Archaeologists can infer what Tel Anafa’s second-century B.C.E. inhabitants might have had for dinner by examining the utensils with which they prepared and served it. The settlers owned about 650 casseroles, four of which are pictured here. Casseroles, however, are rare throughout the ancient Middle East; they are largely Greek in provenance, and the dishes they held were Greek inspired, such as braised or stewed meats, fish or vegetables. This clue, combined with the political situation of the time, leads Berlin to conclude that Tel Anafa’s second group of settlers were Hellenized Phoenicians, probably from Tyre.