A Minoan wall painting from the time of Abraham was found among the ruins of a Canaanite palace in the Galilee region of ancient Israel.
The Aegean-style fresco (wall painting) reveals that the ancient Canaanites were familiar with Euro-Mediterranean culture:
“Without a doubt, there was a conscious decision by the city’s rulers to become part of the Mediterranean culture and not to adopt a Syrian or Mesopotamian art style like other cities in Canaan did,” said Dr. Assaf Yasur Landau of Haifa University, who led the dig. “The Canaanites who were living in the Levant wanted to feel like they were part of Europe,” he added with a smile.
The discovery was made in Tel Kabri, located near Kibbutz-Kabri near Nahariva, in the remains of a Canaanite city from the Middle Bronze Era (2000-1550 BCE). What makes this site ideal for archeologicalists is twofold: first, it was the most important city in Western Galilee at that time, and second, after it was abandoned, other cities weren’t built over its ruins, making it “the only Canaanite city that can be excavated in its entirety.”
Excavations which began in the 1980s under Professor Aharon Kempinsky, were halted in 1993, and recently continued by Professor Landau and Professor Eric Cline of George Washington University. With such unparalleled preservation of ruins, scholars hope to gain a full understanding of political and social life in the Canaanite era.