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Fully-intact 4,000-year-old Canaanite tomb found in Bethlehem

Workers renovating a house in Bethlehem accidentally discovered an untouched ancient tomb complete with clay pots, plates, beads and the remains of two humans.

The 4,000-year-old tomb provides a glimpse of the burial customs of the area’s inhabitants during the Canaanite period, said Mohammed Ghayyada, director of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Workers in a house near the Church of the Nativity uncovered a hole leading to the grave, which was about one meter (yard) below ground, he said. They contacted antiquities officials, who photographed the grave intact before removing its contents.

They dated the grave to the Early Bronze Age, between 1,900 B.C. and 2,200 B.C.

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