How to Excavate an Underwater Village During a Pandemic

As the Ice Age waned, prehistoric villages along Israel’s coast were swamped and now lie beneath the waves. Excavating them has peculiar challenges in the age of the coronavirus

Asaf Ronel
Asaf Ronel
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Around 8,000 years ago a group of people lived at the foot of Mount Carmel, supporting themselves with rudimentary agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, hunting and gathering in the marshes in the area. They carried out farming and hunting with tools from stone, but the technological revolution of the time, pottery, had already reached their village. With pottery, food could be stored and shared in innovative ways.