Levant - Central

The Natufian site of Eynan - 'Ain Mallaha (Galilee, Israel). Excavations 1996-2005

Eynan ('Ain Mallaha in Arabic) is located 33° 08’ North, 35° 57’ East in Israel. It constitutes one of the largest known Natufian settlements occupied according to C14 dating between 14,500 and 11,700 BP. Eynan - Ain Mallaha is often described as one of the first villages of the Humankind. It is located in the Hula Basin, a part of the Upper Jordan Valley, not far from an ancient lake, near a perennial spring. This setting in a rich, humid environment favored the development of sedentary life as attested by a long sequence of semi-subterranean...

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Excavations at the Submerged Neolithic site of Atlit Yam, off the Carmel Coast of Israel

Underwater archaeology in Israel began in 1960 and, already then, traces of submerged settlements were discovered. The first research took place in 1969, when the Neve-Yam site was exposed by a winter storm. Subsequently, during the early 1980s, a research project aimed at locating, excavating, salvage and research of submerged prehistoric settlements was established by E. Galili. Six decades of research has revealed 17 submerged prehistoric sites, containing...

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