Archeologists Uncover Finest Example of Israelite-era Home

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Four-room structure at Tel Shikmona site near Haifa also boasts mosaics, artifacts testifying to the considerable wealth of its owners.

An archeological dig near Haifa recently uncovered a 3,000-year-old house that is the best-preserved structure yet discovered from the Israelite period.

The four-room structure also boasts mosaics and artifacts testifying to the considerable wealth of its owners.

The site at Tel Shikmona – in Shikmona Nature Reserve at Haifa’s southern edge – was partially excavated 40 years ago, but years of neglect left the area covered with garbage and earth.

“We had seen the structure in the old photographs, and were sorry that such a rarely preserved finding had disappeared due to neglect. We were not even sure that we would be able to find it again,” said excavation leaders Dr. Shay Bar and Dr. Michael Eisenberg in a statement.

“It was practically a miracle that we managed to locate and uncover it and that it is still so well preserved.”

Excavations in the 1970s revealed remains of human settlement from as early as the late Bronze Age (16th century BCE) to the Muslim conquest of the 7th century CE.

 

Originally from here 

Posted on Shalom Adventure by: Jeff Zaremsky

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