Going Paleo

Prehistoric site in Israel offers menu for a Paleolithic diet

Prehistoric Nesher Ramla

Animal bones discovered at a prehistoric site near Ramla, Israel, provide insight into the Middle Paleolithic diet. Photo: University of Haifa.

Archaeologists excavating at the Nesher quarry in Israel have discovered a prehistoric site containing an extraordinarily large number of animal bones. The site, located near the city of Ramla, 14 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, is believed to have been settled 170,000 years ago.

Salvage excavations led by Dr. Yossi Zaidner of the University of Haifa’s Zinman Institute of Archaeology uncovered a unique site that combined cave-living with open-air settlement. In a pit about 100 feet deep and 300 feet wide, great quantities of auroch bones (an extinct type of wild cattle) were discovered along with the bones of rhinoceros, horses, fallow deer, gazelles and land turtles.

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“The discovery was a complete surprise to us, and we’re still not certain what the site was used for—perhaps for hunting, perhaps as a meeting place. Another avenue of investigation is that the pit might have been used as a giant trap,” Zaidner told Haaretz.

This rare prehistoric site dates to the Middle Paleolithic period (from 250,000 years to about 40,000 years ago). Associated with the hunter-gatherer Mousterian culture, the site is among the oldest human settlements discovered in the Middle East.

Zaidner and his colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Read more about the prehistoric site discovered in the Nesher quarry.


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  • Robert says

    The scriptures are works of theology not natural science.
    Just as study of the natural sciences reveals God’s creative power and inginuity, so the study of archeology is constantly validiting that what we read in the scriptures is true, placing it before the unbelieveing world’s noses. So BAS uses material to validate the biblical record to our so called modern world of materialism. That’s why I an so greatful to BAS and all the work they do. The modern science of Archeology confirms the biblical accounts bringing an added excitment to the reality of the Word of God. I believe that dates and seasons are all held in God’s authority. Not even the Son knows when the Father will restore all things. To think that we can date creation is I think, a bit risky. C.S. Lewis suggests that we follow the truth where ever it leads. Go back four hundred years and the christian journals might have written about the absurdity that certain people are believing that the earth is round! What nonsense! The earth is flat and square! Haven’t you read in the book of Revelation about the angels gathering the elect from the 4 corners of the earth? How can it be round! Praise God those days are way behind us. Yes I believe that if the scientific methods reveal that the geology in which the bones were located are 170,00 years old, them we should not be so quick to discard that information. Let’s press on in unity and love and learn to love one another despite our differences. After all we can rest in that one day we will find out the answer to many of our questions.

    God Bless
    Rob B

  • Patricia says

    I am someone who is NOT an expert in archeology. But, for some reason I read the comments and wonder WHY ALL THE SNIDENESS? Why cannot an opinion be expressed without putting someone else down or why the need to be snide?

  • mike says

    They don’t date the bones dummy, they date the geology Pffffff.

  • David says

    Hashem is a Jewish euphemism for a name of G-d; it prevents taking His name in vain.
    Undoubtedly, the scientists have methods of dating that are not enumerated in the article. That doesn’t mean it’s a guess.
    And lastly, BAR has always existed as a scientific journal. It has NEVER been a verification for fundamental religion.

  • Peter says

    Certainly any time someone tries to inject an actual date into a Biblical Archaeological find, many will introduce contention. Before I was saved, frankly I could not have cared less how old the Earth, the Universe or the dinosaur bones in the ground were, but as I have read and studied the Bible for the past few years I came to agree with the young Earth theories.
    As seen by Gary’s massive diatribe above, it takes a great deal of maneuvering to put millions and billions of years into the plain reading of Genesis, while thousands of years are quite easy to explain in both the English and original Hebrew wordings.

    That being said, ~90% of the comments have little to do with the find and everything to do with the author’s stated unverifiable age of the discovery. The Bible indicates we should not get into this argument as it distracts and detracts from the Mission: Salvation through Faith in Christ Jesus. Blessings to all of my Christian brothers and sisters that they are so passionate on this issue- but I pray this passion also translates to their Witness.

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