Two skeletons found in Neolithic well
|The skull that was exposed during the excavation [Credit: Clara Amit/Israel Antiquities Authority]|
A rare well dating to the Neolithic period was uncovered in recent excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority carried out at ‘Enot Nisanit’, along the western fringes of the Jezreel Valley prior to enlarging Ha-Yogev Junction (Highway 66) by the National Roads Company. Archaeologists estimate the well was built approximately 8,500 years ago.
During the excavations the skeletal remains of a woman approximately 19 years of age and a man older than her were uncovered deep inside the well. How did these come to be in the well? Was this an accident or perhaps murder? As of now the answer to this question remains a mystery.
|An archaeologist records finds from the 8,500-year-old well [Credit: Yotam Tepper/Israel Antiquities Authority]|
“The well that was exposed in the Jezreel Valley reflects the impressive quarrying ability of the site’s ancient inhabitants and the extensive knowledge they possessed regarding the local hydrology and geology which enabled them to quarry the limestone bedrock down to the level of the water table. No doubt the quarrying of the well was a community effort that lasted a long time”, said Tepper.
|The flint implements that were exposed during the excavation [Credit: Clara Amit/Israel Antiquities Authority]|
The Israel Antiquities Authority and National Roads Company will act to conserve the well and exhibit it as part of the sites around Tel Megiddo in the different periods.
Source: Israel Antiquities Authority [November 08, 2012]