The time of the early Nineteenth Dynasty saw increasing attempts by Hittites to take over parts of Syria that were under Egyptian control, as well as ongoing skirmishes among the local Canaanite rulers. To regain control of their northern territories, the Nineteenth Dynasty kings Seti I, Ramesses II, and Merneptah conducted military campaigns in Canaan, which are recorded on victory stelae and reliefs in Canaan and Egypt. These developments necessitated the reinforcement of the Egyptian military and administrative presence in the region. The kings of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Dynasties (1300–1130 BCE) considerably increased the number of Egyptian personnel stationed in Canaan and founded new Egyptian strongholds at many sites. The archaeological remains associated with these Egyptian centers include distinctive Egyptian and Egyptian-style architecture, inscriptions, ceramic, stone, and faience vessels, jewelry, amulets, and scarabs. Egyptian administrative practices are also evidenced, as well as Egyptian-style funerary customs. The Egyptian Empire in Canaan came to an end around 1130 BCE when dramatic political, social, and economic changes took place throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, marking the end of the Late Bronze Age in the region.