Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thousand Year Old Home, and Hippo Bones Found in Tel Aviv

Archaeologists working in Tel-Aviv have discovered a prehistoric (8,000 year old) dwelling along with primitive tools and animal bones including those of a hippo.

The work seems to have been carried out in preparation for a building development. In Israel, as in many other countries in the region, construction is not allowed unless archaeologists have first inspected the site for anything of value. In this case, the discovery is being described as surprising and unique.

As always, my fascination with archeology and history turn to questions of who where these people, what were their lives like, what became of them, do they have modern heirs, and who are they? Also, how did hippo bones make it to Tel Aviv? Did hippos live in the region 8,000 years ago? Was the region so significantly different back then? If not, were these bones (or the meat that was on them) traded, and if so, with whom?

Fascinating stuff!


Joe in Australia said...

"Home", not "hom".

Charlie H. Ettinson said...

Maybe I really meant Hom!