I do expect that we will ultimately discover Bronze Age cities in many other locales. This one can act as a template. It may have even been generously laid out as well. After all, walls then were sufficient for protection as an enemy could not muster the numbers to mount a successful siege. Recall Troy as a great example of how that all worked out.
What is important is that takes us nicely back to 3000 BC. This city was significant for a destination for sea borne traders. That needs to be followed up.
It was a smallish community for two thousand years before. Then what changed? We need to know. I am inclined to think in terms of trade. Overseas trade bringing bronze as currency does it..
6 October, 2019
Figurines from the Early Bronze Age excavation site near modern Harish. (Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority)
Top image: Aerial photograph of the Early Bronze Age excavation site near modern Harish. (Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority)
By Ed Whelan