Name given post hoc to a Bronze Age trade route linking Egypt with the empires of Syria, Mesopotamia and Anatolia. The exact route described by the term is difficult to determine since it varied over time, had several branches and archaeological views about it have varied. The current name has been Latinised from "The Way of the Sea" (Isaiah 9:1) and seems to have been adopted in late C13 as meaning the total coastal route from Egypt to the Northern Levant and beyond. Some scholars believe however that the Isaiah was refering only to a route from Meggido to Tyre.
Do you know of another WHS we could connect to Via Maris?
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