THE JORDAN RIVER VALLEY has been desirable territory for millennia. According to the Biblical account, when the Israelites first entered Canaan, they crossed the Jordan River and occupied the Jordan Valley in eastern Israel. A recent archaeological survey uncovered nearly 70 sites with pottery from the early Israelite settlement period (c. 1250–1000 B.C.E.) in this area. Taken on June 12, 2012, this photograph shows a section of the valley in northern Israel with the mountains of Jordan in the background.