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300,000-year-old hearth found in Israel

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A hearth dating back 300,000 years has been found in Qesem Cave in Israel.

In and around the hearth, archaeologists say they also found bits of stone tools that were likely used for butchering and cutting animals.

The finds could shed light on a turning point in the development of culture “in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point — a sort of campfire — for social gatherings,” said archaeologist Ruth Shahack-Gross of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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Story: Megan Cannon, LiveScience | Photo: Weizmann Institute

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