Archaeologists excavate an 8,500-year-old well found in Israel's Jezreel Valley. Among other artifacts, two skeletons were found resting at the bottom of the well.
A skull exposed during the excavation of an 8,500-year-old well in Israel. Archaeologists don't know how two people ended up at the bottom of the well.
A view of Emek, Israel, in the western part of the Jezreel Valley.
A view of Mount Tabor ("Har Tavor" in Hebrew) rising 1,640 feet (500 meters) above the Jezreel Valley in the region of Galilee. Tabor is located on the eastern end of Jezreel Valley, while the remains were found on the western fringes.
An Israel Antiquities Authority worker descends into the Stone Age well.
The well was built by Neolithic farmers and is about 1,000 years younger than the oldest wells ever discovered.
Conducting archaeology in the well is a cramped endeavor.
Flint tools found in the sediments that filled the well after it was closed.
These flint tools may have been used for harvesting plants, Israeli Antiquities researchers said.