Rare, 10,000-year-old Structure Emerges From Judean Hills

Archaeological dig at Eshtaol reveals a prehistoric community that shows the progression from nomadic living to fixed abodes.

An archaeological excavation near Beit Shemesh has revealed a large prehistoric community that lasted for thousands of years. Conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the dig discovered the oldest structure ever found in the Shfela region of the Judean Hills, dating back to the first permanent human settlement in the area some 10,000 years ago.