Archaeologists awl worked up over ancient piercing tool

August 25, 2014 4:37 PM

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Archaeologists awl worked up over ancient piercing tool

A copper awl unearthed in Tel Tsaf, an archaeological site in Israel, indicates the presence of a vast metal trade hundreds of years earlier than previously thought.

A copper awl is the oldest metal object unearthed to date in the Middle East. The discovery reveals that metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in this region more than 6,000 years ago, centuries earlier than previously thought, researchers say.

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