Archaeologists find ancient, 7,000-year-old settlement
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. They are 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 is the authority's director of excavations. She 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 they have not been found 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. They continued 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. 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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  • litzym-san
    2/25/2016 - 01:42 p.m.

    They used stone tools because during the chalcoithic period ,people began to use the tools made from copper they continued to use stone tools as well

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    2/25/2016 - 03:46 p.m.

    Stone was first used for tools because it was the easiest to find. It is on the surface of the earth and mines were probably not invented yet and that is how you get metal. In that period of time they did not have the technology to make metal tools. I thought this article was interesting because I didn't know there was civilization 7,000 years ago. It was also interesting that after that many years you would think they would have discovered by know.

  • tialden-1-bar
    2/25/2016 - 06:58 p.m.

    Humans used stone tools before metal tools because they were easily made and stone was a more abundant tool. As stated in the article stone was used first by many civilizations before metal. Metal was also harder to shape and blacksmith. I found this article useful because this excavation discovered will provide archaeologists many facts about ancient life.

  • josiec-1-bar
    2/25/2016 - 07:01 p.m.

    Humans used stone tools before metal tools because it was probably the easiest to access during their time period and circumstances that they were in. The archeologists discovered that they used some, "copper tools" this was probably a more resourceful piece of equipment compared to stone. My opinion is that copper would have been a more useful tool because it is harder which could give it more advantages when it is compared to stone.

  • joiec-3-bar
    2/25/2016 - 07:49 p.m.

    Ancient artifacts including tools and pottery were recently found in Jerusalem. Most of these items were all made from stone. Ancient people most likely used stone instead of metal to make these tools was because stone was easier to craft and shape. I find interesting that scientists just discovered these objects recently. I find it funny that the image looks like a McDonald's french fry container.

  • carsonk-2-bar
    2/25/2016 - 09:32 p.m.

    Humans used stone tools before metal ones because sinply stone tools were made before metal was. "They continued to use stone tools as well." This article was very interesting because a 7000 year old fossil is cool. This article did not surprise me because they always find fossils that are really old.

  • oliviam-6-bar
    2/25/2016 - 09:50 p.m.

    These ancient people might not have used any metal tools. But they did have stone crafted ones. "They are describing it as the oldest discovery of its kind in the area." Its only natural that these people have not been exposed to anything but stone craft.

    The people might not have had any time to create metal tools with all the "pottery vessels, flint tools and a basalt bowl" they were busy making.

  • caymanm-2-bar
    2/25/2016 - 09:55 p.m.

    Stone tools were a lot more common because they were more of them. Stone was more easy to get than metal was. The article says"During the Chalcolithic period, people began to use tools made from copper." They started to use metal tools. I thought this article was interesting because they have found remains of a society 7,000 years ago.

  • summerc-1-bar
    2/25/2016 - 10:05 p.m.

    Humans used stone tools before tools made from metal because stones and copper were more common than metals were. Paragraph 5 says, "During the Chalcolithic period, people began to use tools made from copper. They continued to use stone tools as well."
    I think that it's cool how humans long ago used tools that are much more different than the ones we used today.

  • gabriellek-1-bar
    2/25/2016 - 10:06 p.m.

    Humans used stone tools before tools were made from metal because there must have been many stones and rocks near this established society. They used their resources as a start then developed better ways to make tools and every day items. This article surprised me because these people were not looking for anything when they found the settlement, all they were doing was roadwork. I am interested in what else they may find in Jerusalem.

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