French Archaeologists Excavate 2,300-year-old Settlements in Israel

Remains of a “Beersheba culture” group of settlements dating back to the second half of the fourth century BCE are now being excavated by Jean Perrot, head of the French archaeological mission in Israel.

The settlements are above ground and reinforced by stone walls; They were found in an area ranging from the Negev through the coast to Mount Carmel. The excavations were started two weeks ago and will be continued until mid-January.

Finds include a group of three skeletons–a woman, child and dog–flint tools of excellent workmanship and bone implements. Volunteers on the digging include members of Kibbutz Urim, students of the Hebrew University, a visitor from Chicago and a girl from Arlington, Va.

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