A Chalice from Megiddo

Line Drawing of Ceramic Chalice, plate 72:3, Gordon Loud’s Megiddo II: Seasons of 1935-39.  

During the Bronze Age (about 3300 BCE - 1200 BCE) Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state. It has been excavated many times, and this chalice was recovered the mid 1930’s by a University of Chicago expedition directed by Gordon Loud.

This chalice is from the Late Bronze Age—around the time Thutmose III reconquered this area for Egypt. It has been embellished with a central motif of a stylized date palm with two goats or deer, reaching up to eat. This tree-of-life imagery is usually found in areas of goddess worship.


The stage of development during which humans used copper or bronze weapons; in the ancient Near East, approx. 3300 to 1200 B.C.E.

Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

The last part of the era during which humans used bronze weapons; in the ancient Near East, approx. 1550 to 1200 B.C.E.

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