7,000-Year-Old Town Unearthed in Jerusalem

The oldest evidence of life in Jerusalem has been discovered after stone houses and artifacts in an ancient community dating back 7,000 years were unearthed during the building of a new road.Before the road’s construction in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a “salvation excavation” at the site that revealed two stone houses from an ancient settlement believed to have been built in the Chalcolithic period.

This period, which dates back seven millennia, saw man begin to develop the use of copper (chalcos in Greek) to enhance their stone tools.The houses had “well-preserved remains and floors containing various installations” that showed the buildings “were used for a considerable time,” the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement released to Newsweek.

Source: 7,000-Year-Old Town Unearthed in Jerusalem


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