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Title: Megiddo in Early Bronze Age
Author(s): VAN DER STEEN, E.J.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 58 Issue: 3-4 Date: mei - augustus 2001
Early Bronze Age Megiddo was first excavated by the Chicago University Expedition in the 1930s (Loud 1948). The excavators dug area BB, on the east side of the upper Tel, the so-called ‘temple area' until they reached bedrock, and the oldest occupation levels, which were dated to the Chalcolithic. On top of the Chalcolithic layers they found a three-room building, which they interpreted as a temple (stratum XIX) and dated to the Early Bronze I. One of the rooms formed a broadroom shrine, with a row of pillars, and an altar on one of the long walls opposite the entrance. An area in front of it resembled a courtyard (towards and partly on the eastern slope of the Tel). It was paved with stone slabs on which depictions of humans and animals were incised: the so-called picture pavement.