The discovery of L. clymenum at the Middle Bronze IIA settlement at Tel Nami, Israel is reported. Archaeobotanical evidence is presented in order to show the Aegean origin and demonstrate the peculiarities of this exotic food crop. The archaeological context of the discovery and its implications indicate that maritime contacts existed between the Aegean and the southern Levant during the first quarter of the second millennium B.c.
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The Tel Nami Land and Sea Regional Project is sponsored by the Center for Maritime Studies and the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Haifa, initially assisted by the Carsten Neibhur Institute of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and now serves as field school for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Funding for the project and costs incurred in this and related studies have been provided by the Robert Shay Foundation, D. Hillel, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, and others. Figs. 1-3 were prepared by Natalie Messika. Fig. 4 was photographed by M. Artzy. Fig. 5 was photographed by David Evan.
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