Stone houses and artifacts dating back 7,000 years have been discovered in Jerusalem, demonstrating that the settlement existed even longer than had been supposed. The houses showed various stages of building, indicating that they had been in use for centuries.
The discoveries are the oldest known remains of human habitation in Jerusalem. Previous discoveries from Chalcolithic-era Jerusalem had included pottery sherds and bones, but not signs of housing.
It had had been widely assumed that the Jerusalem area had been inhabited for 4,000 or 5,000 years.
The homes and artifacts were found by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the neighborhood of Shuafat, in north Jerusalem, in the course of a “salvation excavation” ahead of building a new road.