© TEL SHIMRON EXCAVATIONS/PHOTO BY MELISSA AJA
MIDDLE BRONZE AGE BOWL. Archaeologists uncovered this red-slipped and burnished bowl from Tel Shimron. It dates to the Middle Bronze Age II (c. 2000–1550 B.C.E.). Similar bowls have been found at Megiddo and other Levantine sites. During the Bronze Age, Shimron—with a population of nearly 4,000 people—spanned about 40 acres.