Stone Age settlement uncovered near Jerusalem dates back a staggering 9,000 years

Mail Online | 7/16/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A huge prehistoric settlement dating back 9,000 years unearthed near Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologists during preparations for a new highway could rewrite the history of humans in the region.

Home to around 3,000 individuals during the Stone Age the settlement, near modern-day Motza, disproves the long-standing theory that humans did not live in Judea at this time and is being called the area's 'big bang' as well as being a 'game-changer' for our knowledge of humankind's settlement of the country.

Site - Buildings - Flint - Tools - Thousands

The site has revealed large buildings, flint tools, including thousands of arrowheads, axes for chopping down trees, sickle blades and knives - proving the city was a bustling hub of complex society.

It was thought that the area was previously uninhabited and only the other bank of the Jordan river had such vast cities but the site, which covers dozens of acres, has forced them to reconsider all they know about Israeli history.

Antiquities - Authority - Time - Settlement - Neolithic

According to the Antiquities Authority, this is the first time that such a large-scale settlement from the Neolithic Period is discovered in Israel, and one of the largest of its kind in the region

Before the discovery, it was widely believed the entire area had been uninhabited in that period, during which people were shifting away from hunting for survival to a more sedentary lifestyle that included farming.

Jacob - Vardi - Co-director - Excavations - Motza

Jacob Vardi, co-director of the excavations at Motza on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, said: 'It's a game changer, a site that will drastically shift what we know about the Neolithic era.'

'So far, it was believed that the Judea area was empty, and that sites of that size existed only on the other bank of the Jordan river, or in the Northern Levant.

'Instead - Area - Period - Site

'Instead of an uninhabited area from that period, we have found a complex site, where varied economic...
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