Remnants of a Settlement 50, 000 Years Old Discovered in Israel
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Remnants of a Settlement 50, 000 Years Old Discovered in Israel

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The discovery in Israel of the remnants of a settlement believed to be some 50, 000 years old was announced here today by its discoverer, Dr. M. Stekelis, a lecturer on pre-history at the Hebrew University.

Dr. Stekelis uncovered a cave near Zichron Yaacov, some 25 miles south of Haifa, which contained the bones of deer, wolves, lions and other animals which apparently served as food for the prehistoric inhabitants of the area, and hunting weapons. The cave was unearthed more than 21 feet below the surface. It is presumed that two landslides covered up the cave and preserved the bones and implements. The landslides are believed to have occurred 50,000 and 25,000 years ago.

The annual rally of the Israeli Exploration and Archaeological Institute opened at Migdal Ascalon, in southern Israel today, with an address by President Ben Zvi. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Philistines” and the scholars will visit such ancient Philistine sites as Isdud and Gat Ascalon.

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