A well dating back 8,500 years was unearthed by workers who were digging up a road in Israel.
The well is believed to have provided water to the local community until it became contaminated by the presence of two dead bodies. Archaeologists excavating the site have identified the skeletons as those of a 19-year-old woman and an older man. Sickle blades, arrows and other tools were also discovered alongside them.
"What is clear is that after these unknown individuals fell into the well it was no longer used for the simple reason that the well water was contaminated and was no longer potable," said excavation director Yotam Tepper. "Wells from this period are unique finds in the archaeology of Israel, and probably also in the prehistoric world in general."
"A well dating from 8,500 years ago, with the bones of two prehistoric people inside, was uncovered during recent excavations in the Jezreel Valley, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Thursday."
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