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City notes: University of Haifa announces discovery of oldest piece of metal found in Mideast

ByCOMPILED BY TAMARA ZIEVE
August 21, 2014 11:06

Tel Tzaf, an archeological site dated to the Middle Chalcolithic period (5200-4700 BCE), is located in the Jordan Valley on the banks of the river.

The Tel Tzaf excavation site

The Tel Tzaf excavation site where the metal was found.. (photo credit:YOSSI GARFINKLE)

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The oldest piece of metal ever found in the Middle East was discovered in excavations in Tel Tzaf, the University of Haifa announced Sunday, citing a study published by researchers of the university’s Zinman institute of Archeology, in collaboration with researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Berlin’s German Archeological Institute.

According to the study, published in the PLoS ONE scientific journal, the metal dates back to the fifth or sixth century BCE, hundreds of years earlier than the date previously believed to have been the time when people began to use metals.

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