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“This is the first time that such a large-scale settlement from the Neolithic period is discovered in Israel,” said IAA archaeologists Hamoudi Khalaily and Jacob Vardi.
“At least 2,000-3,000 residents lived here — an order of magnitude that parallels a present-day city.”
The researchers unearthed a number of large buildings, including rooms that were used for living, as well as public facilities and places of ritual.
“Between the buildings, alleys were exposed, bearing evidence of the settlement’s advanced level of planning,” they said.
“In the buildings, plaster was sometimes used for creating floors and for sealing various facilities.”.. from the article: Archaeologists Unearth 9,000-Year-Old Settlement in Israel