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    300,000-Year-Old Caveman ""Campfire"" Found in Israel

    Discovery News reports on the amazing finding by Weizmann's Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross of the oldest known site of repeated use of fire. The site, in Israel's ancient Qesem cave, also sheds light on when ""humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point – a sort of campfire – for social gatherings.""

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    Fossil Dung Study Indicates: Ancients in Negev had Advanced Economy

    While excavating the 5,000-year-old Negev Desert site of Mashabei Sade, a Weizmann-Tel Aviv University team found no fossilized dung, indicating — surprisingly — that it was not agrarian. So how did its people live? Sounding like a true archaeologist, Weizmann student Zach Dunseth states, ""There must be an explanation hidden somewhere in the ground.""

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    Illuminating Jewish Life in a Muslim Empire

    Weizmann is analyzing a religious text found with hundreds of 1,000-year-old documents in a cave in war-torn northern Afghanistan. The papers reveal ""new details about the cultural, economic, and religious life of a thriving but little understood Jewish society"" within the 11th-century Muslim empire.

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    Rapid Fire: Ancient Blaze Leveled City in Three Hours

    About 3,000 years ago, the legendary city of Tel Megiddo burned. Now, as LiveScience reports, new research by Weizmann archaeologists reveals that the city, made primarily from mud bricks, burned in just two to three hours. The research also reveals ""how fires affected other settlements,"" as mud bricks account for as much as 90% of standing architecture.

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    Pigs in Israel Originated in Europe, Researchers Say

    Archaeologists – including Weizmann's Prof. Steve Weiner – taking part in a massive project to reconstruct ancient Israel have shown that Israeli pigs are of European, not Middle Eastern, stock, and that they probably arrived with the Philistines about 3,000 years ago. Says Prof. Weiner, ""Archaeologists take pigs very seriously.""

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    Dinosaurs May Be Extinct, But They Look Extremely Lifelike in Rehovot

    As Haaretz reports, the stunning dinosaur exhibit currently on display at the Weizmann Institute reflects both the popular fascination with the creatures and the very latest science. For example, some of the dinosaur models – which are true to size, move some of their parts, and occasionally roar – have feathers, as per a recent discovery.

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    Jerusalem Tower Younger than Thought

    Gihon Spring, just downhill from the ancient city of Jerusalem, was crucial to the survival of its inhabitants, and archaeologists had uncovered the remains of a massive stone tower built to guard this vital water supply. Based on pottery and other regional findings, the archaeologists had originally assigned it a date of 1,700 BCE. But new research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science provides conclusive evidence that the stones at the base of the tower were laid nearly 1,000 years later.

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    Carbon Dating Undermines Biblical Narrative for Ancient Jerusalem Tower

    A new Weizmann Institute study has discovered radiocarbon-dating evidence of the First Temple period under a tower in Jerusalem’s City of David that was previously dated to the Canaanite period. The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c. 1700 BCE — and contradict a presumed biblical linkage to the site. Downhill from the Temple Mount of Jerusalem, the Gihon Spring guard tower was discovered in 2004 by archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron. Based on pottery and architectural signifiers, the heavily fortified structure — and the rest of the Spring Citadel protecting Jerusalem’s precious water source — were dated to Canaanite construction (Middle Bronze II period).

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