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10,000-year-old house uncovered outside Jerusalem
http://www.timesofisrael.com ^ | November 25, 2013, 4:24 pm | By Haviv Rettig Gur

Posted on 11/25/2013 9:42:46 AM PST by Red Badger

With range of dramatic finds in excavations ahead of highway expansion, archaeologists trace 10 millennia of human development

A remarkable archaeological find in the Judean lowlands southwest of Jerusalem includes a six-millennia-old cultic temple and a 10,000-year-old house.

The ancient sites were located in routine archaeological digs conducted ahead of a planned expansion of Route 38, the main access road to Beit Shemesh. The building is the oldest ever found in the area, and constitutes remarkable “evidence of man’s transition to permanent dwellings,” researchers said Monday.

Labeling it “a fascinating glimpse into thousands of years of human development,” the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with the Netivei Israel Company that is carrying out the highway expansion, invited the public to visit the excavation site in Eshtaol on Wednesday, November 27.

“Settlement remains were unearthed at the site, the earliest of which dates to the beginning of the eighth millennium BCE and latest to the end of the fourth millennium BCE,” the authority said in a statement Monday.

“We uncovered a multitude of unique finds during the excavation,” said Amir Golani, one of the excavators for the Antiquities Authority. “The large excavation affords us a broad picture of the progression and development of the society in the settlement throughout the ages. Thus we can clearly see that in the Early Bronze Age, 5,000 years ago, a rural society made the transition to an urban society. We can see distinctly a settlement that gradually became planned, which included [streets] and buildings that were extremely impressive from the standpoint of their size and the manner of their construction. We can clearly trace the urban planning and see the guiding hand of the settlement’s leadership that chose to regulate the construction in the crowded regions in the center of the settlement and allowed less planning along its periphery.”

The finds allow the researchers to “trace the development of a society which became increasingly hierarchical,” Golani said.

The oldest building found dates from the time of the earliest known domestication of plants and animals.

“Whoever built the house did something that was totally innovative because up until this period [local human groups] migrated from place to place in search of food. Here we have evidence of man’s transition to permanent dwellings, and that in fact is the beginning of the domestication of animals and plants; instead of searching out wild sheep, ancient man started raising them near the house,” researchers said in a statement.

The researchers included Golani, Ya‘akov Vardi, Benyamin Storchan and Ron Be’eri, who serve as excavation directors for the Antiquities Authority.

The house is the oldest structure ever found in the Judean lowlands, they said, dating back to the period known to archaeologists as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic.

“The building, almost all of which was found, underwent a number of construction and repair phases that allude to its importance,” they said.

Near the building, excavators found a collection of nine flint and limestone axes placed side by side.

“It is apparent that the axes, some of which were used as tools and some as cultic objects, were highly valued by their owners. Just as today we are unable to get along without a cellular telephone and a computer, they too attributed great importance to their tools. Based on how it was arranged at the time of its discovery it seems that the cluster of axes was abandoned by its owner for some unknown reason,” the researchers concluded.

But the building wasn’t the only find at the site. A handful of buildings from the end of the Chalcolithic period, some 6,000 years ago, was found nearby. At the site, excavators found a six-sided stone column standing some 1.3 meters (51 inches) high and weighing several hundred kilos.

“The standing stone was smoothed and worked on all six of its sides,” the archaeologists said, explaining that its broad face was oriented eastward and concluding that the find ”alludes to the presence of a cultic temple at the site.”

“In the past, numerous manifestations have been found of the cultic practice that existed in the Chalcolithic period. However, from the research, we know of only a few temples” located at Ein Gedi and Teleilat Ghassul in present-day Jordan.

The site will be open for public viewing for two hours on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Entrance is free, but visitors must register in advance by telephone at 02-99122366, 052-4284408 or by email at adulam@israntique.org.il.

Excavation at Eshtaol along Route 38. (photo credit: Yoli Shwarz, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority)

A 10,000 year old house, the oldest dwelling to be unearthed to date in the Judean lowlands. (photo credit: Dr. Ya‘akov Vardi/Courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority.

The standing stone (mazzevā) which is worked on all of its sides, serving as evidence of cultic activity in the Chalcolithic period. (photo credit: Zinobi Moskowitz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Israel
KEYWORDS: ancientjerusalem; chalcolithic; fauxiantrolls; godsgravesglyphs; jerusalem; jerusalemhouse; letshavejerusalem; realestate
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Excavation at Eshtaol along Route 38. (photo credit: Yoli Shwarz, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority)

A 10,000 year old house, the oldest dwelling to be unearthed to date in the Judean lowlands. (photo credit: Dr. Ya‘akov Vardi/Courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority.

The standing stone (mazzevā) which is worked on all of its sides, serving as evidence of cultic activity in the Chalcolithic period. (photo credit: Zinobi Moskowitz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

1 posted on 11/25/2013 9:42:47 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping!................


2 posted on 11/25/2013 9:43:09 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

How do they determine the date, carbon dating of something organic?
How old is the Kaba in Mecca?
Sure looks man-made, how old is Earth according to the Jewish calender?


3 posted on 11/25/2013 9:47:02 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Lx

It sure is fishy when these archeologists, geologists and all sorts of other -ologists from secular academia claim that objects on earth are older than earth itself.


4 posted on 11/25/2013 9:55:27 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever

Even if the Earth is 4.55 billion years old, it does not shake my firm belief in God and Christianity in general.
If Genesis was accurate, it would start out with God starting by making sub atomic particles and moving on to creating the periodic table. It’s not a blueprint but an outline.

God gets down to the nitty gritty details in Deuteronomy.


5 posted on 11/25/2013 10:01:18 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Red Badger
The site will be open for public viewing for two hours on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Entrance is free, but visitors must register in advance by telephone at 02-99122366, 052-4284408 or by email at adulam@israntique.org.il.

Holding open house?


6 posted on 11/25/2013 10:05:29 AM PST by shove_it (old Old Guardsman 1962-63)
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To: Red Badger

What is the square footage?

Is there an HOA? Because that will cut the price.


7 posted on 11/25/2013 10:07:19 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Red Badger
Looks like a job for this guy.


8 posted on 11/25/2013 10:17:15 AM PST by SIDENET
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To: Red Badger

...Government sends overdue Tax Bill for 973 million shekels....


9 posted on 11/25/2013 10:18:22 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

This builder deserves a place on Angie’s List


10 posted on 11/25/2013 10:20:32 AM PST by wildbill
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To: Red Badger

Thank God they didn’t leave the oven on. Imagine a 10,000 year gas bill...


11 posted on 11/25/2013 10:22:26 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Red Badger
The pictures remind me of things I saw at excavations in Turkey. However, those were more recent that 10K years ago.
12 posted on 11/25/2013 10:30:44 AM PST by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

You must be very old.................


13 posted on 11/25/2013 10:59:25 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: shove_it

LOL!!!....................


14 posted on 11/25/2013 11:00:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: GeronL

The view is FANTASTIC!..............................


15 posted on 11/25/2013 11:01:58 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: shove_it

Well, if this one hasn’t sold yet, it will certainly blow the average.


16 posted on 11/25/2013 11:02:13 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: GeronL
Couple of things in article caught my attention. First this quote, “to regulate the construction in the crowded regions in the center of the settlement and allowed less planning along its periphery.” Pretty much the way we live today, the more people crammed together the more rules. The writer seems to think this is progress. Secondly, “It is apparent that the axes, some of which were used as tools and some as cultic objects, were highly valued by their owners. Just as today we are unable to get along without a cellular telephone and a computer” Axes are like cell phones does not come readily to my mind. Guns, yes. But I expect the foundations that fund these digs are liberal and don't want any press releases mentioning guns, soon to be the g word right up there with the n-word and the c-word.
17 posted on 11/25/2013 11:04:40 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: dblshot

***c-word***

Christian?


18 posted on 11/25/2013 11:13:11 AM PST by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: Oliviaforever

It sure is fishy when these archeologists, geologists and all sorts of other -ologists from secular academia claim that objects on earth are older than earth itself.

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Can you point me to the specific verse in the Bible that specifies the age of the earth?

Was not the young earth theory postulated by a man?


19 posted on 11/25/2013 11:14:45 AM PST by dmz
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To: Red Badger
There was a documentary done on this in the 1960's.


20 posted on 11/25/2013 11:20:23 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Red Badger

Where`s the garage?


21 posted on 11/25/2013 11:24:20 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: dblshot

I doubt they had guns 10,000 years ago

:p

I get what you are saying though


22 posted on 11/25/2013 11:28:15 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: bunkerhill7

Street parking only.................


23 posted on 11/25/2013 11:32:35 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: GeronL
I doubt they had guns 10,000 years ago
All things are possible through the Lord. Would explain how David nailed Goliath right between the eyes.
24 posted on 11/25/2013 11:41:25 AM PST by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: dmz

The Bible may not state the age of the earth to an exact number of years but our creation scientists have been able to determine the earth’s age to within a few decades. Compare that to the guesses of so called real scientists who must admit that their guess as to the earth’s age may be within a billion years.

If one were to visit the Creation Museum, they would find exhibits of dinosaurs with saddles. Now, why would dinosaurs who the so called real scientists claim lived hundreds of millions of years ago need saddles if man did not exist when the dinosaurs lived?

Therefore, since dinosaurs had saddles, man must have domesticated the dinosaurs and that could have only happened in the last 5857 years.


25 posted on 11/25/2013 11:43:40 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever
they would find exhibits of dinosaurs with saddles.

Dinosaurs with saddles, eh.
26 posted on 11/25/2013 11:51:05 AM PST by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: Red Badger

Where are the wheels and axles?


27 posted on 11/25/2013 11:54:02 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic

28 posted on 11/25/2013 11:57:28 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Oliviaforever
Therefore, since dinosaurs had saddles, man must have domesticated the dinosaurs and that could have only happened in the last 5857 years.

Your logic is unassailable.


29 posted on 11/25/2013 11:57:47 AM PST by Constitution Day
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30 posted on 11/25/2013 12:02:09 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: bunkerhill7

Garage was blown to hell 10,000 years ago by a cro-islam suicide bomber.


31 posted on 11/25/2013 12:13:39 PM PST by Holdem Or Foldem ( A Smith and Wesson beats four aces)
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To: Oliviaforever

If one were to visit the Creation Museum, they would find exhibits of dinosaurs with saddles. Now, why would dinosaurs who the so called real scientists claim lived hundreds of millions of years ago need saddles if man did not exist when the dinosaurs lived?

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Wow!!!!

Where exactly did the creation scientists find the bones of dinosaurs with saddles on them? Do you have a link to that information? What were the saddles made of?

Were they English or Western style saddles?

What specific dinosaur breeds were domesticated and saddled?


32 posted on 11/25/2013 12:13:48 PM PST by dmz
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To: dmz
What specific dinosaur breeds were domesticated and saddled?

I kinda fancy the idea of galloping around on a T-Rex. I could do security patrols of my property with it. So cool! I wonder if T-Rex poop would be good fertilizer for my garden, I mean, they were pretty much like a really big chicken.
33 posted on 11/25/2013 12:25:21 PM PST by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: Oliviaforever

Oh Lordy!

Creation Museum you say. Young earth theory. Dinosaur saddles. Trained reptiles, you say.

WOW!

You’re all right with me because you aren’t a Muslim or atheist, but denying the obvious while injecting totally farcical concepts will attract flamers.


34 posted on 11/25/2013 12:26:22 PM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: ZX12R

I kinda fancy the idea of galloping around on a T-Rex. I could do security patrols of my property with it. So cool! I wonder if T-Rex poop would be good fertilizer for my garden, I mean, they were pretty much like a really big chicken.

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And if you got into a dinosaur fender bender, let’s face it, t-rex is gonna win.


35 posted on 11/25/2013 12:30:19 PM PST by dmz
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To: ZX12R

This would be an actual exhibit at the Creation Museum. Notice the saddle?

Now, please explain how this dinosaur exhibit is any less valid that a dinosaur exhibit you might find at a museum of natural history where they claim dinosaurs lived 165 million years ago and existed before man?

36 posted on 11/25/2013 1:27:51 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: dmz

Here is another exhibit for the Creation Museum that point to evidence than man, or in this case woman, lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.

Granted, in this particular exhibit, the woman did not have her dinosaurs in a saddle, it is evident that her dinosaur was domesticated.

Perhaps she used it for some purpose other than transportation.

37 posted on 11/25/2013 1:38:46 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever
Now, please explain how this dinosaur exhibit is any less valid that a dinosaur exhibit you might find at a museum of natural history

The natural history display only includes things they find evidence of along with the fossilized remains of the dinosaur. Does the Creation museum have fossilized dinosaurs with fossilized saddles strapped to them, mounted by fossilized toddlers?

38 posted on 11/25/2013 1:42:42 PM PST by tacticalogic
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39 posted on 11/25/2013 1:54:33 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: tacticalogic

If you were to look closely at the picture of the exhibit from the Creation Museum you would see that dinosaur and saddle are part of the actual exhibit, while the man and baby are from the early 21st century and not part of the exhibit.


40 posted on 11/25/2013 2:36:15 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever
If you were to look closely at the picture of the exhibit from the Creation Museum you would see that dinosaur and saddle are part of the actual exhibit, while the man and baby are from the early 21st century and not part of the exhibit.

Where are the fossilized remains of the people who rode the dinosaurs, and the fossilized remains of the saddles?

41 posted on 11/25/2013 2:45:45 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

I am not the curator of the Creation Museum and do not know if they have actual remains of dinosaur saddles. However, the anti creationists who propagate an earth that is billions of years old and dinosaurs that are hundreds of millions of years old do create myths out of thin air.

What are their intentions?

Why are they out to destroy a Christian understanding of the creation?


42 posted on 11/25/2013 4:07:10 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever
However, the anti creationists who propagate an earth that is billions of years old and dinosaurs that are hundreds of millions of years old do create myths out of thin air.

Can you give me an example of one of these myths, and show me how it was created out of thin air?

43 posted on 11/25/2013 4:10:42 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Oliviaforever
Why are they out to destroy a Christian understanding of the creation?

How does theorizing the age of the Earth to be billions of years old and dinosaur bones to be hundreds of millions of years old "destroy a Christian undertanding of the creation"? I know many Christians who don't have any problem at all with the idea that the Earth may be billions of years old.

44 posted on 11/25/2013 4:15:08 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Oliviaforever

You are right. Earth is only 1000 years old and cannibis is about 6 years old, right?


45 posted on 11/25/2013 4:16:39 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: ResponseAbility

***c-word***...civility?


46 posted on 11/25/2013 4:20:27 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Oliviaforever

Therefore, since dinosaurs had saddles,..Hell, I’m drunk, you must be addled. Not saddled, just PLAIN ADDLED.


47 posted on 11/25/2013 4:24:47 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Red Badger

Since we just completed the 6th millennium (day), There obviously is not any 10,000 year old house.

Just more pablum.


48 posted on 11/25/2013 4:29:55 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Oliviaforever

In his “The Science Of God: The Convergence Of Scientific And Biblical Wisdom”, Gerald Schroeder posits that 6 days and ~15 billion years can be considered equivalent in terms of General Relativity that constrained the passage of time in the universe’s earlier, denser periods.

Wow! That was hard to write. But if one does not believe in the General theory, a succinct presentation of the precession of perihelion in the planet Mercury’s orbit of the Sun would seem to be in order for that person.


49 posted on 11/25/2013 4:31:00 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Red Badger

Looks like an iron age Israeli 4 room house.


50 posted on 11/25/2013 4:37:04 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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