Archaeologists unearth evidence of early Stone Age settlements

03/27/2013 | LiveScience.com

A phallic carving discovered in northern Israel may give researchers more insight into Stone Age life. Archaeologists discovered evidence of early settlements in an excavation at the Ahihud Junction, where a new rail line is scheduled to be constructed. The scientists also found a pit of burned bean seeds, polished stone axes and other flint and stone tools. "The large amount of tools made of obsidian, a material that is not indigenous to Israel, is indicative of the trade relations that already existed with Turkey, Georgia and other regions during this period," said Yitzhak Paz and Ya'akov Vardi, excavation directors for the Israeli Antiquities Authority.

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