10,000-year-old house among amazing finds unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists say they've uncovered some stunning finds while digging at a construction site in Israel, including stone axes, a "cultic" temple and traces of a 10,000-year-old house.

The discoveries provide a "broad picture" of human development over thousands of years, from the time when people first started settling in homes to the early days of urban planning, officials with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said.

This image shows the 10,000-year-old house, the oldest dwelling to be unearthed to date in the Judean Shephelah. (Ya'akov Vardi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)The excavation took place at Eshtaol, located about 15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, in preparation of the widening of an Israeli road. The oldest discovery at the site was a building from the eighth millennium B.C., during the Neolithic period. [See Photos of the Excavations at Eshtaol]

"This is the first time that such an ancient structure has been discovered in the Judean Shephelah," archaeologists with the IAA said, referring to the plains west of Jerusalem.

Cutline: This image shows the 10,000-year-old house, the oldest dwelling to be unearthed to date in the Judean Shephelah. (Ya'akov Vardi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

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