At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal) there was a beautiful piece of alabaster stone in bas-relief with incredible carvings made by the Phoenicians. Phoenicia was an ancient civilization on the East end of the Mediterranean sea in what is now called Syria, Northern Israel and Lebanon. The Phoenicians were active traders by water and were known as Canaanites from the land of Canaan. They were very active in 3500-325 BC. I have seen these slabs of carved Phoenician art in museums in the U.S.A., London, and now in Montreal.