Visitor looking at the displays in Room 57

Rooms 57–59

Ancient Levant

8000–539 BC
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Galleries

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Opening times

Closed until further notice.

The Ancient Levant corresponds to the modern states of Syria (western part), Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

Rooms 57–59 present the material culture of the region from the Neolithic farmers of the eighth millennium BC to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire in 539 BC, within the context of major historical events.

Objects on display illustrate the continuity of the Canaanite culture of the southern Levant throughout this period. They highlight the indigenous origins of both the Israelites and the Phoenicians.

The display compares this culture with that of the people of central inland Syria, the Amorites and the Aramaeans.

Take a virtual tour

Use Google Street View to explore all three rooms with objects that showcase the life and culture of Ancient Levant.

A display cabinet and signage. ©2020 Google.

Accessibility

  • Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available from Audio guide Desk in the Great Court.
  • Seating is available. 
  • Step-free access. 
  • View sensory map.

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