The late Michael Crichton once wrote, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

The importance of knowing the history to which you belong is vital for growth and understanding. The bigger picture supplies self-awareness with the “roots” from which you came from. It’s also like the quote “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

The recent archaeological findings in Israel, where a 5,000-year-old Bronze Age Canaanite settlement at En Esur has been discovered, is part of that history. Some parts of the major prehistoric city are dating back to 7,000 years and are set to rewrite early Canaanite history.

Approximately 160 acres in size, the city was most likely to have had a population of 6,000 inhabitants. It is also likely to be one of the earliest cities in history.

An irony of this find is that the city seemed to have a diverse range of cultures living peacefully side-by-side in what appears to be an “Early Bronze Age New York; a cosmopolitan and planned city.”

Ancient Canaanites, a Semitic people from Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Phoenicia inhabited the city. History notes the Canaanites as the villains who conquered the “Promised Land” despite little substantive information documenting them in Jewish scriptures—and has been a matter of dispute between academics—until now.

The ancient civilisations are remarkable. Carbon dating placing time frames on such finds grants a map to a history difficult to argue.

This is a revolutionary archaeological discovery that can’t be understated.

Diverse societies lived side-by-side and suggests a peaceful, shared culture between the Hebrew and Phoenicians—and therefore the Canaanites. It suggests that history got it a little bit wrong by assuming these were separate cultures. It also challenges the scriptures and recent historical context of land ownership.

The current governments of this region should heed the new-found discoveries, taking this back to knowing your “roots.” Hopefully recent history isn’t doomed to repeat its vicious cycle.


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