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Ancient metal object unearthed in Middle-East


Posted on Sunday, 24 August, 2014 | Comment icon 6 comments

Archaeologists working at the ruins of Tel Tsaf. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Wiki
Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the oldest metal object ever discovered in the region.
The artifact, a copper awl, was found buried in a grave alongside the remains of a woman dating back 6,000 years.

The discovery was made at Tel Tsaf, an archaeological site situated near Israel's border with Jordan. The ancient village, which dates back to around 5100 BC, was thought to have been comprised of several buildings made from mud bricks as well as a number of large silos used by the local people to store grain.

"The appearance of the item in a woman's grave, which represents one of the most elaborate burials we've seen in our region from that era, testifies to both the importance of the awl and the importance of the woman," said study co-author Danny Rosenberg.

"It's possible that we are seeing here the first indications of social hierarchy and complexity."

The fact that the awl was made of copper also suggests that the people of the region had started working with metals hundreds of years earlier than had been previously believed.

Source: Fox News | Comments (6)

Tags: Israel, Jordan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Silent Trinity on 25 August, 2014, 6:05
Very interesting! Love it when something is uncovered that is unexpected like this that causes the Archaeologists and Historians to rewrite history. Keeps them on their toes
Comment icon #2 Posted by a nice cup of tea on 25 August, 2014, 7:25
I originally read the thread title as 'Oldest metal object in Middle Earth discovered.' Stuff that was forged when the Ents were young.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 25 August, 2014, 16:15
A copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East. The discovery reveals that metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in this region more than 6,000 years ago, centuries earlier than previously thought, researchers say. http://www.foxnews.c...in-woman-grave/ Don't worry. I'm sure all the religious people that think the earth is only a little more than 2000 years old will dispute the research and keep believing they are right.
Comment icon #4 Posted by nik-h on 29 August, 2014, 18:47
"It's possible that we are seeing here the first indications of social hierarchy and complexity." Fascinating! Embodied in a metal artifact, the actual point at which some bright spark decided 'I know what - let's make up loads of unnecessary and pointless ****. That way, most people will be miserable, poor and powerless!' Yet as he spoke, one dissenting voice asked, 'Er..what for?' Thankfully he was quickly killed and the Great Pointless Project of Needless Suffering and Futility marched on through the ages...
Comment icon #5 Posted by back to earth on 30 August, 2014, 4:47
Very interesting! Love it when something is uncovered that is unexpected like this that causes the Archaeologists and Historians to rewrite history. Keeps them on their toes Just because the general populace is not up to speed does not mean archeologists are not ' keeping on their toes'. Trade networks have long been postulated to exist further back. As many misinterpret: you dont need agriculture to have a trade network. Goods could have travelled from eastern China to India and Morocco (as they are known today). Gobekli Tepe looks like they didnt even need an agricultural society to build th... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by back to earth on 30 August, 2014, 4:56
Not' History' as such but pre history : The Avestas state that the usage of metal in the parent civilisation predated the moving of the central complex of the 'Empire', which was due to climate change ( it got much colder and dryer, requiring a shift in homeland). Knowledge of Central Asia's climate and climate changes during the past 12,000 years can assist in an understanding of the historical periods in Central Asia. For instance, in an event called the Younger Dryas, the earth is known to have experienced a sudden cooling starting 12,800 years from the present, with the cooling lasting abo... [More]


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