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Israeli archaeologists have found remains of an 8,000-year-old building as well as hippopotamus bones and pottery shards in the Tel Aviv area, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday.
The remains, found on the banks of the Yarkon river, are the earliest discovered in the Tel Aviv region. "This discovery is both important and surprising to researchers of the period," said Ayelet Dayan, who led the excavations
"For the first time we have encountered evidence of a permanent habitation that existed in the Tel Aviv region about 8,000 years ago." That places it in the Neolithic period when man went from a nomadic existence to living in permanent settlements.
Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Building Ever Found in Tel Aviv
by Genevieve Long
The location of the site is on the northern bank of the Yarkon River, not far from the confluence with Nahal Ayalon, which is believed to have influenced ancient settlers to choose it as a place to live. The area also had fertile soil along the fringes of the streams and was considerate an excellent spot for settlement in ancient periods.
According to the Antiquities Authority, the remains of the ancient building at the site consisted of at least three rooms.
Further evidence of the site’s age was found along with the pottery shards discovered there that date to the Neolithic period. Flint tools such as sickle blades were also discovered, as well as evidence of an ancient tool-making industry. Even older artifacts were also discovered.