(EvangelicalFocus) Archaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered an ancient settlement which dates back as far as 7,000 years, they announced on Wednesday. They are calling it the oldest discovery of its kind in the area.
"This is the first time we found architecture of this kind in Jerusalem itself," said Ronit Lupu, director of excavations for Israel's Antiquities Authority. "We are talking about an established society, very well organized, with settlement, with cemeteries."
The excavation exposed two houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools and a basalt bowl. Lupu said these items are representative of the early Chalcolithic period, which began around 5,000 BC.
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In the Chalcolithic period, humans were "still using stone tools, but began to create high-level ceramics and for the first time, copper tools as well," said Lupu.