Thursday, January 25, 2018

500,000-Year-Old Prehistoric Paradise for Hunter Gatherers Discovered

Tel Aviv University (TAU)  and Israel Antiquities archaeologists uncover 500,000-year-old site described as a "paradise" for hunter-gatherers

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority recently discovered a site they believe once served as a center of hunting, gathering and tool making for the ancestors of modern humans half-a-million years ago.

The excavation revealed hundreds of teardrop-shaped flint axes — prehistoric, multipurpose "Swiss Army" knives — and hundreds of other artefacts used by Homo erectus groups.

Credit:  TAU

According to Prof. Ran Barkai, head of TAU's Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, the area had a stream, vegetation and an abundance of animals — perfect for early humans. The extraordinary quantity of flint tools unearthed at the site suggests it was a thriving center of prehistoric life.

"It was like a paradise for Homo erectus, so they came here again and again," Prof. Barkai says. "The water brought flint nodules from the hills, which were used to make tools on the spot, and it attracted animals, which were hunted and butchered here. They had everything that prehistoric people needed."

The ancient landscape was found between Jaljulia and the Route 6 highway, about 16 feet below the surface.



Contacts and sources:
Tel Aviv University (TAU) 

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