On May 12, 2013 Thomas E. Levy, Distinguished Professor and Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego, presented the lecture “Journey to the Copper Age – The Chalcolithic Metallurgical Revolution and Its Effects in Israel and the Neighboring Lands” at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Levy explores one of the early centers of metal production in the Holy Land. This metallurgical revolution took place in the Chalcolithic (Copper) age between 4500 and 3600 B.C.E., a period which “coincides with a whole package of fundamental changes that established the Middle Eastern world’s subsistence base.”
Discover material culture from a transformational period that set the stage for the urbanity of the Bronze Age. Dr. Levy guides audiences from donkey-based surveys to digital and experimental archaeology as he highlights the elegant artifacts created by the diverse regional Copper Age societies of the Southern Levant.
The Sunday at the Met lecture was made possible by the Helen Diller Family. Published by BAS with the permission of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Thomas E. Levy. Click here to view the video and program information on the MetMedia website. Click on the bottom right corner of the video to view in full screen. The “Journey to the Copper Age” lecture begins at 4:45.
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Levy, Thomas E. “How Ancient Man First Utilized the Rivers in the Desert.” Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov/Dec 1990.
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