In DepthArchaeology

Migrants and trade spiced up Canaanite metropolis

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Science  30 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6418, pp. 980-981
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6418.980

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Looming over a strategic spot on Israel's northern coastal plain, the ancient city of Megiddo was often a battleground, befitting its biblical name Armageddon. But in two Bronze Age tombs, archaeologists are finding signs that, nearly 3500 years ago, Megiddo was also a surprisingly cosmopolitan place. It drew immigrants from the area of what is now Armenia and apparently imported exotic spices like vanilla from tropical climes. The tombs also revealed insight into state-of-the-art medical practices and care in the era.