Archaeological Discovery Reveals Jerusalem Was Already Prime Real-Estate Thousands of Years Ago
The land of Israel constantly reveals hidden treasures testifying to its rich history. This time, archaeologists discovered an ancient community in Jerusalem full of rare artifacts.
New archaeological discoveries, uncovered during archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) during work on a new road in the Shuafat neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, attest to the existence of a well-established settlement in the Jerusalem area from the Chalcolithic period, as long ago as the fifth millennium BCE.
During the Chalcolithic period, man started using tools made of copper (chalcos in Greek) for the first time while continuing to use tools made of stone (lithos), hence the name given to the period.
According to Dr. Omri Barzilai, Head of the IAA’s Prehistory Branch, “The Chalcolithic period is known in the Negev, the coastal plain, the Galilee and the Golan, but is almost completely absent in the Judean Hills and Jerusalem. Although in recent years we have discovered a few traces of Chalcolithic settlements, such as those at Abu Gosh, Motza Junction, and the Holyland compound in Jerusalem, they have been extremely sparse. Now, for the first time, we have discovered significant remains from 7,000 years ago.”
The excavation exposed two dwelling houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing various installations as well as pottery vessels, flint tools, and a basalt bowl, all typical of the period. The construction phases and signs of their maintenance show that the buildings were used for a considerable time.
According to Ronit Lupo, director of excavations for the IAA, “it is quite
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