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8,000-year-old home and hippo bones found near Tel Aviv

The remains of an 8,000-year-old building as well as hippopotamus bones and shards of pottery have been found near Tel Aviv, Israel.

The remains, found on the banks of the Yarkon river, are the earliest discovered in the Tel Aviv region.

“This discovery is both important and surprising to researchers of the period,” said Ayelet Dayan, who led the excavations.

“For the first time we have encountered evidence of a permanent habitation that existed in the Tel Aviv region about 8,000 years ago.”

That places it in the Neolithic period when man went from a nomadic existence to living in permanent settlements.

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