The capital city of Israel, Jerusalem is not only important in the biblical sense, being the place where Jesus Christ was raised as a child it is also increasingly becoming a wealthy source of archaeological finds.
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) recently discover a 7,000-year-old settlement in the neighborhood Shuafat in northern Jerusalem. The ancient settlement included two houses, where well-preserved floors, pottery, beads and tools were found.
The head of the IAA’s prehistory branch aid the recently discovered ancient settlement likely dates back to the 5th Century B.C., or the so-called Chalcolithic period. This period marked the time when people switched from using stone tools to those made of copper. What’s more unusual is the fact that artifacts from this period were unheard of in the past from this area.
The researches explained that the tools excavated from the site, such as flint, axes and other building materials, show that ancient people who lived in Israel had advanced technological skills.
Among the findings in the archaeological site, there were also a few bones of sheep, goat and cattle which will be used to determine how early people in Israel ate.
These findings will be analyzed in the Israel Antiquities Authority laboratories in order to explore dietary habits of the people who lived here 7,000 years.