Ancient Settlement of 9,000 Years Old Unearthed In Israel

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One of the most significant settlements in the world was discovered by archaeologists in Israel, near Jerusalem. The archaeologists believe that the ancient settlement is 9,000 years old, having been built in the Neolithic. The settlement had been populated by 2,000 to 3,000 people. The site was discovered by mistake while the Israel Antiquities Authority had been excavating in that area because of a freeway expanding plan.

As excavations unearthed more and more of the development, Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Dr. Jacob Vardi, the two excavation directors, realized the dimensions of the settlement. They realized that the city had been populated by more than 2,000 people, up to 3,000 people. Such a large number of humans can be compared to cities of the present day from all over the world. An interesting fact is that, until now, there have not been found such large cities, especially from the Neolithic period.

What the archaeologists have found after excavating the site were vast buildings, some of them intended for public use, some of them designed for rituals. In some of the dwellings, the floors had been built with the help of plaster.

Ancient Settlement of 9,000 Years Old Unearthed In Israel

Another exciting discovery was the burial areas. People had been buried either in the houses or between them. Also, the living used to place offerings for the dead to use them in the otherworld. Most of them consisted of precious items, many of which were not created in the area, but other far-flung places.

That demonstrates that trade with communities all over the world was booming. Other examples of things found at the site were items made of an undiscovered stone, Anatolian volcanic glass (Turkey) and seashells from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Archaeologists also found tiny bracelets which belonged, more specific than not, to children. The bracelets were made of stone. Other discovered objects made of stone were arrowheads, axes, sickle blades, and knives. Another important thing of the ancient settlement was the warehouses where people used to deposit seeds after sowing. Seeds were also found.


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