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Initially the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (ca I85o-18oo) extended some sort of influence over the land, village sociery urban development outside models local character possible interruption renewed stabiliry r6 Egyptian dominance Amarna age city-state organisation its urban image political structure the nation state SOCIO-HISTORICAL BACKGROUND but this was not oflong duration. Then central to the political history were the two centuries 1750-I550 BC when (according to past appraisal) the Hyksos, a predominantly Semitic confederacy, exercised overlordship in some fashion from North Syria to Upper Egypt.
Both the lighter and heavier construction suggested for the superstructure of the Byblos houses (in a similar coastal region 200 miles away to the North). More or less contemporary with these ossuaries are extensive remains of underground dwellings in the dry lands (Negev) to the South about Beer ShebaY Without opining that all troglodytes derive ultimately from a mining tradition, these troglogytes did and the copper mines at Timnah in the Wady Arabah about 6o kilometres away show where they developed their system and techniques of excavation.
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