This Tiny Copper Awl Is Rewriting History
Awl is oldest metal object ever found in Middle East
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2014 2:15 PM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2014 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A small copper awl found in a woman's ancient grave in Israel is rewriting history. It's the oldest metal object ever found in the Middle East, and was probably owned by the apparently important 40-year-old woman buried with it in an extravagant Tel Tsaf grave, LiveScience reports. The awl's date has pushed back metal use in the region centuries earlier than thought, to about 5100 BC. The copper it's made of was likely brought in from 620 miles away, adds Sci-News, suggesting locals imported metal objects first before starting to create them. Archaeologists had previously estimated the region's metal use started around 4500 BC thanks to some copper artifacts and gold rings found in the southern Levant.

The awl also says quite a lot about Tel Tsaf, an important archaeological site in the Middle East since it was discovered in 1950. Located near the Jordan River, Tel Tsaf was a wealthy center of international commerce in the ancient world. It had huge silos that could store up to 30 tons of grain each, roasting ovens in communal courtyards that suggest large gatherings took place there, and many artifacts originating from elsewhere around the Mediterranean, as per the Jerusalem Post. The awl suggests people in the region also had fairly advanced technology. The archaeologist who led the dig says it "constitutes evidence of a peak of technological development among the peoples of the region and is a discovery of global importance."

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jjjohnsoj3
Oct 19, 2014 8:58 AM CDT
Hi log: Hopefully, someday your finite 'logy' mind will be open minded enough to The God, the I Am, King of the universe, Who knows everything, including all about you and still loves your very soul. He even sent His son for you! Think outside your finite mind 'logy'! Your eternity depends on it! jjj
logicrules3
Sep 15, 2014 2:56 AM CDT
I have a question for all of the religious minded commenting. In which religion did the god(s) write the bibles? Now, some will say the 10 commandments were written by god and delivered to man by a man that spent months, if not years, on a mountain waiting for them. Others claim that the bible was written on gold plates by god. All religions have similar stories for how theirs got started. What it all boils down to, is that none of the gods bibles have managed to come to man from god(s) as all of the 'original' texts are missing or otherwise destroyed. So then man was trusted to explain what was in the bibles. And the only way anyone knows the bibles is that man has written it for them. BTW: Religions vary according to sects as man says. That, one god, thing never seemed to catch on. So basically the religious base their life and values on something men have told them as their omnipotent gods could not create a bible that would last for millennia. That's faith for you; it makes absolutely no sense but you accept it anyway. Common sense is in front of us all at every moment but very few choose to use it.
Bohdi Satva
Aug 30, 2014 10:00 PM CDT
Dirty, rotten copper