Copper awl discovered in ancient grave is oldest metal object found in Middle East

August 24, 2014 10:29 AM

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A 6,000-year-old copper awl, discovered in a grave, reveals secrets of an ancient society. (Photo : Yosef Garfinkel, Florian Klimscha, Sariel Shalev, Danny Rosenberg)

A copper awl unearthed in a grave holding the corpse of a woman is the oldest metal artifact ever discovered in the Middle East.

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