6,500-year-old furnace in Beersheba sheds light on ancient technology

Beersheba may have been the true birthplace of Start Up Nation, since according to a new study by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the capital of the Negev could have been the home of the world’s first furnace 6,500 years ago.The results of the study have just been published in the prestigious Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.It details how a 6,500-year-old workshop for smelting copper ore once operated in the Neveh Noy neighborhood of Beersheba.This study sheds light both on the level of technical advancement in that era and region and the hierarchy in the s...


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