The Harvard Semitic Museum explores life in the ancient Near East. The museum has a full scale replica of an ancient Israelite home on display, as well as life size casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy sarcophagi, and ancient cuneiform tablets over 3,000 years old. The Museum houses over 40,000 Near Eastern artifacts, most of which derive from museum-sponsored excavations in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Tunisia.
"The Houses of Ancient Israel" gallery examines the daily life of an ancient Near Eastern agricultural family. The exhibit contains a full-scale replica of an Iron Age Israelite home.
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