‘Cultic’ Temple, 10,000-Year-Old House Found in Israel – Yahoo News

An archaeological find at a construction site near Jerusalem includes a home from the eighth millennium B.C., during the mid-Neolithic:

The building seems to have undergone a number of renovations and represents a time when humans were first starting to live in permanent settlements rather than constantly migrating in search of food, the researchers said. Near this house, the team found a cluster of abandoned flint and limestone axes.

“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,” the archaeologists said in a statement.

The excavators also say they found the remains of a possible “cultic” temple that’s more than 6,000 years old. The researchers think this structure, built in the second half of the fifth millennium B.C., was used for ritual purposes, because it contains a heavy, 4-foot-tall (1.3 meters) standing stone that is smoothed on all six of its sides and was erected facing east.

via ‘Cultic’ Temple, 10,000-Year-Old House Found in Israel – Yahoo News.

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