Ancient ‘New York’: 5,000-year-old city discovered in Israel

Known as En Esur, the site spans 650 dunams (161 acres), about double the size of previous similar findings. The design of the city included designated residential and public areas, streets and alleys, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

About four million fragments were found at the site, including rare figurines of humans and animals, pieces of pottery and various tools, some of which came from Egypt.

…An even earlier settlement, believed to be 7,000 years old, was discovered beneath the city.

Ancient ‘New York’: 5,000-year-old city discovered in Israel – BBC News



Israel cave bones: Early humans ‘conserved food to eat later’ – BBC News

Scientists in Israel say they have found evidence that early humans deliberately stored bones from animals to eat the fatty marrow later.

It is the earliest evidence that humans living between 200,000 and 420,000 years ago had the foresight to anticipate future needs, they say.

Early humans had not previously been thought capable of such dietary planning.

Israel cave bones: Early humans ‘conserved food to eat later’ – BBC News

It’s staggering how little credit we give our ancestors for possessing the social and intellectual tools to survive, especially in light of the fact that if they hadn’t survived we wouldn’t be here.

Archaeology! Reminding us that modern man is too stupid to see intelligence in its own history…

Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia

Citing “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at misleading social media users. 

A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 200 pages and 76 groups, as well as 125 Instagram accounts, were removed, the social media platform said on Thursday.

They were traced to three separate and “unconnected” operations, one of which was operating in three countries, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria; and two others in Indonesia and Egypt, to spread misleading posts and news articles.

…In all, the accounts on Facebook and Instagram commanded an estimated 7.5 million followers.

Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia | News | Al Jazeera