Photo by Amihai Mazar/Tel Beth Shean Expedition, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Gubernatorial Mansion. During the Late Bronze Age (c. 1450–1150 B.C.E.), Beth Shean was an administrative center and garrison town for Canaan’s Egyptian rulers. Among the many buildings and artifacts excavated from this period is the house of the governor with its two large column bases. In this period Beth Shean was the center for Egyptian administration of a vast territory occupied by Canaanite vassal petty kingdoms.