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46. Merrillees, “The Early History,” p. 74. 47. L. Maguire, “A Cautious Approach to the Middle Bronze Age Chronology of Cyprus,” Ägypten und Levante III (1992), p. 188; Maguire, “Tell el-Dabºa,” p. 54. 48. Merrillees, “The Early History,” p. 74. spread is 6 points short † Early Late Cypriot Ceramic Exports to Canaan: White Slip I 35 Dabºa to give added weight to his chronology: because, he argues, the WP wares from southeastern Cyprus date to LC IA and were concentrated in stratum E1, the date for the beginning of the Late Cypriot period should be pushed well back into the Hyksos era.

But of the thirty-two ladder lattice framed lozenge style sherds from Tell el-Ajjul, twenty-eight have double-crossed lozenges. Several of the sherds decorated in this style even have multiple crossed lozenges, a feature which harks back to PWS, where lozenges regularly have three or more cross-hatched lines. WS I lozenges normally have two, one or no lines of cross-hatching, in that order of frequency, at Ajjul. The largest assemblage of ladder lattice framed lozenge style bowls was found at Toumba tou Skourou where the style seems to have originated.

3 Increasingly, such studies must take into account differences in the regional development of pottery styles in Cyprus. 4 Cypriot ceramic exports peaked during the 14th century (LB IIA) and it is hardly possible to sink a shovel in a Canaanite site without turning up a fragment or two of White Slip II or Base Ring II. But the beginning of Late Cypriot ceramic exports to Canaan is well attested only at Tell el-Ajjul, 5 located some four miles south of Gaza, and to a limited extent at Tell el-Dabºa, in the eastern Delta.

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