Oldest known metal object in Middle East found in woman’s grave

August 25, 2014 1:49 AM

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Oldest known metal object in Middle East found in woman’s grave

Researchers have found the oldest metal object discovered to date in the Middle East — a copper awl. The artifact was unearthed during digging at Tel Tsaf.

Experts contend that the awl dates back to the late 6th millennium or the early 5th millennium BCE (several hundred years prior to the date it was previously thought that metals were utilized by the inhabitants of the region).

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