Andrea Prokosch

An elaborate house plan. Unlike the simple Canaanite courtyard house from Megiddo (above, left) and the pillared four-room houses in Israelite settlements (above, right), the dwellings at el-Ahwat had rooms arranged in elaborate but orderly sequences, as in a labyrinth (top). These well-planned dwellings differ markedly from the haphazardly arranged houses in other local settlements. Another difference with nearby towns: The storage silos that are ubiquitous in Israelite hill country sites are nowhere to be found at el-Ahwat.