Unearthing Monuments of the Yarmukians

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Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 35
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.35

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KIBBUTZ SHA'AR HAGOLAN-- Despite the headline-grabbing biblical remains in this region, prehistorians are digging up a wealth of artifacts from earlier peoples, providing evidence that this fabled land was a major crossroads of human civilization long before the biblical period. For example, over the past decade, in the fields of this kibbutz just south of the Sea of Galilee, archaeologists have been excavating an 8000-year-old village built in stone that may have been the capital of the Yarmukians, one of the earliest Neolithic (New Stone Age) peoples to settle in modern-day Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon.