Scientists Discover Oldest Metal Object in Middle East

August 25, 2014 11:24 AM

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Scientists Discover Oldest Metal Object in Middle East

Scientists have unearthed a 7,000-year-old copper awl in the Middle East. The metal object belongs to early 5th millennium or late 6th millennium BCE and scientists discovered it during excavations at Tel Tsaf. University researchers revealed in a study that what they have found is the oldest metal object uncovered in the region so far.

Situated close to the Jordan River and international border with Jordan, Tel Tsaf was first documented in the 1950s. The site dates back to 5200-4600 BCE and excavations began at the end of the 1970s.

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