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Unbelievable discovery at the Sea of Galilee may change everything

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12,000-year-old village appears to be among the first of the world's farmers.

The Sea of Galilee is a historic site where Jesus habitually ministered. Several discoveries have been made near the Sea of Galilee by archaeologists, and the latest findings were discovered on its eastern shore, where a variety of stone artifacts, tools, bodies and more have been uncovered.

A prehistoric village may show evidence of one of the world's first farmers (PLoS One).

A prehistoric village may show evidence of one of the world's first farmers (PLoS One).


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Sea of Galilee has been the source of several discoveries lately, such as a large underwater disc, a possible location for Jesus' "Miracle of the Swine," a Biblical-eara town and a synagogue where Jesus may have preached.

Now, in the most recent excavation, archaeologists believe they have discovered evidence of the Natufian culture just as they began their evolution from hunter-gatherers to farmers. The discovery holds possibilities for changing the way we see the learning process of the Natufian culture.

Remnants of buildings made of stone buried beneath the earth have been discovered, as well as the remains of at least five people.

Several pieces of bone and stone jewelry and art have also been revealed.

Dr. Leore Grosman, an archaeologist hailing from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led the evacuation and published her findings in Public Library of Sciences One. She wrote that the excavated bones, buildings and other artifacts "provide an archaeological signal primarily characterized by large sites, permanent architecture, established burial practices, and rich groundstone, bone tool and artistic tradition."

Stone tools and jewelry were also discovered at the site

Stone tools and jewelry were discovered at the site (PLoS One).

The buildings appear to have been rounded stone structures that were dug roughly 15-inches into the ground in a Hobbit-like design.

Of the human remains, one woman was discovered to be curled in a tight ball, which archaeologists suspect means she was wrapped or buried in a sack. Others were discovered in a large burial pit, in which a second woman was discovered in a similar posture.

Another woman was discovered to be embedded beneath a wall of one of the structures and is believed to have been abandoned.

"The Natufians must have carefully chosen this location since they took apart the wall, interred the burial, and then reconstructed the wall which ultimately crushed the skull."

The body discovered beneath the wall suggested it had been buried with extremely limited space and was in a position indicating the woman was hugging her legs to her chest before she was wrapped in a sack or other material.

Molded limestone items, art, jewelry, engraved bones and stone items were discovered at the site, with oval-shaped greenstone items that appeared to be some sort of double-holed pendants or buttons.

All recovered materials from the burial sites, lithics, art, groundstone, bone tools and jewelry are currently curated at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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