Agriculture and Living Conditions

Farming and Food

Bronze Age villagers raised sheep and goats, and cultivated wheat and barley. They also grew or gathered a variety of other vegetables and fruits, including chickpeas, lentils, beans, olives, grapes, figs, almonds, and pistachios. Water was probably the most common drink, but other beverages included beer, grape juice, and wine.

Bronze Age Houses

The newcomers from Anatolia built rectangular, flat-roofed houses of stone or mud brick. Each household had several rooms set within a walled courtyard. They were furnished with fireplaces, ovens, bins, benches, and settings for storage jars.