Journey to the Copper Age: A Video Lecture by Thomas E. Levy

The Chalcolithic metallurgical revolution and its effects in Israel and the neighboring lands

ChalcolithicOn 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. Click here to view the video and program information on the MetMedia website.

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Discover the Chalcolithic in the BAS Library

Rami Arav, “Excarnation: Food For Vultures,Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2011.

Thomas E. Levy and Mohammad Najjar, “Edom & Copper,Biblical Archaeology Review, July/August 2006.

Zvi Gal, Dina Shalem and Howard Smithline, “Death in Peqi’in,” Archaeology Odyssey, Fall 1998.

Claire Epstein, “Before History: The Golan’s Chalcolithic Heritage,Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1995.

Thomas E. Levy, “How Ancient Man First Utilized the Rivers in the Desert,” Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1990.

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  • Tim says

    King Solomon’s mines were found out to be copper mines, not gold mines. They were found along the present-day border of Israel and Jordan, in the Negev Desert. There a vast industry was discovered that involved copper mining and smelting.

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