Archaeologists find ancient, 7,000-year-old settlement This handout photo released by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2016, shows work on uncovering of an ancient settlement in Jerusalem. (Israel Antiquities Authority via AP/Assaf Peretz)
Archaeologists find ancient, 7,000-year-old settlement
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Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 7,000-year-old settlement in northern Jerusalem, describing it as the oldest discovery of its kind in the area.
 
Israel's Antiquities Authority said the excavation exposed two houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools and a basalt bowl.
 
Ronit Lupu, the authority's director of excavations, said the items are representative of the early Chalcolithic period, beginning around 5,000 B.C. Similar developments have been found elsewhere in present-day Israel but not in Jerusalem.
 
"This is the first time we found architecture of this kind in Jerusalem itself," she said. "We are talking about an established society, very well organized, with settlement, with cemeteries."
 
During the Chalcolithic period, people began to use tools made from copper, while continuing to use stone tools as well.
 
The site was discovered while authorities were doing roadwork in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
 
It remains unclear how large the development was. The excavation covered an area of about 500 square feet, and there were no immediate plans to expand the work, Lupu said.

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Why did humans use stone tools before tools made from metal?
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COMMENTS (5)
  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    2/24/2016 - 12:37 p.m.

    Stone tools were easier to make and that's all they really had at the time. That is why they didn't have many metal tools.

  • kendallk-pla
    2/29/2016 - 10:29 a.m.

    This article is about discoveries made recently in Jerusalem by archaeologists in Israeli that are 7,000 years old, supposedly the oldest remains found in this area and the only of this type of architecture ever found in Jerusalem. The director of excavation said that the discoveries found indicated a very well-organized and established society. I relate this to civic engagement because I believe that in order to be a properly engaged citizen in today's society, it is important to know about history and past civilizations in order to know what ideas may or may not have been successful. A good citizen must relate history to modern times in order to make good decisions as a speaker, voter, or otherwise involved individual.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    3/06/2016 - 12:25 a.m.

    This is super cool. I'd love to go to the site and check stuff out. It's amazing to think of people who lived over 7,000 years ago and the fact that we can, today, determine some of the things they may have done in life through study of their stone tools.

  • kennethh1-bur
    11/15/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    I think because stone tools was really easy to make at the time but could be wrong because think how about how people in the pyramids work.

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