The excavations, carried out before the construction of a new railroad line, also uncovered fifth millennium B.C.E. Early Chalcolithic architectural remains from the Wadi Rabah culture. The rectilinear buildings reveal high-quality pottery, tools and artistic artifacts, including representations of human genitalia thought to be fertility symbols.
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It was a chance discovery that reshaped our understanding of the Chalcolithic period. In 1961, archaeologist Pessah Bar-Adon was exploring a diffcult-to-access cave near the Dead Sea and noticed something wedged in a crevice. Removing the bundle—wrapped carefully in a straw mat—he discovered a hoard of more than 400 bronze, copper, ivory and stone objects from the Chalcolithic period, including crowns, scepters and mace heads.
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