The northern Arabian Bronze Age can be exemplified by bichrome ware found at Qurrayyah, north of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. Identified as the capital of the Midian confederation, this Late Bronze Age site was a key player in the culture and politics of the region (1600-1200 B.C.) This distinctive pottery has been found in the southern Levant as well as the Sinai. Some authorities have suggested the Midianites played an inegral part in the early Old Testament and were the ancestors of the later Iron Age tribes and the Nabateans of the region.