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3,400-year-old citadel will be incorporated into high-rise apartment

Both archaeologists and architects are excited about this discovery.


January 8, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
excavationexcavationPhoto: Guy Fitoussi / Israel Antiquities Authority
January 8, 2016 | Latest Photo

So, this is a real thing that's happening.

Archaeologists recently discovered and excavated a Bronze Age (between 3300 and 1200 BCE) citadel in northern Israel.

Inside it, they discovered various ancient artifacts, such as "bronze weapons and imported pottery vessels that attest to the extensive commercial and cultural relations that existed at that time with Cyprus and the rest of the lands in the Mediterranean basin," the excavation directors said.

Israel HassonThe site of the excavation. (Photo: Eran Gilvarg/Israel Antiquities Authority)

They also found grains and cereals that ancient sailors may have bought when they stopped by the citadel to trade.

Female figurinesFemale figurines discovered in the Bronze Age citadel. (Photo: Eran Gilvarg/Israel Antiquities Authority)

Once the discoveries were documented, the folks involved decided to hire architects to design a building to enclose the citadel, which will reside in the basement. Why waste space, right?

arrowheadAn arrowhead made of bronze, one of the artifacts found in the citadel. (Photo: Eran Gilvarg/Israel Antiquities Authority)

This is just the latest remarkable discovery by Israeli archaeologists recently. Several other big discoveries found over the last few months were the unearthing of a fort in Jerusalem, the discovery of a 5,000-year-old beer keg and, most recently, the discovery of a 6,000-year-old wand-like object.

Israel Antiquities AuthorityPieces of decorated pottery vessels from Cyprus and Greece. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)

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