The Impact of Man: 4,000 Years of Environmental Damage at Acre

Forget the gauzy notion that early settlers existed in harmony with the environment. Urbanization was destructive, archaeologists in Israel have shown.

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Some 5,000 years ago, the Mediterranean seaport city of Akko started to come into being. Following millennia of sparse habitation, an urbanized population built a stone rampart fortification on Tel Akko, also...