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Photos: Roadside Dig Reveals 10,000-Year-Old House in Israel

Eshtaol Excavation

(Image credit: Sky View Company, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Archaeologists have opened up several trenches in Eshtaol along Israel's Highway 38, which is being expanded. There, a crew with the Israel Antiquities Authority has uncovered artifacts spanning thousands of years of ancient history, including the remains of house from the eight millennium B.C. [Read full story]

Ancient Home

(Image credit: Ya'akov Vardi, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

This image shows the 10,000-year-old house, the oldest dwelling to be unearthed to date in the Judean Shephelah. [Read full story]

Chalcolithic Cult

(Image credit: Zinobi Moskowitz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Archaeologists think this standing stone, which is worked on all of its sides, is evidence of cultic activity in the Chalcolithic period. [Read full story]

Standing Stone

(Image credit: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

The Chalcolithic period building and the standing stone (also called mazzeva) positioned at the end of it. [Read full story]

Bronze Age Jar

(Image credit: Ron Be'eri, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

A typical jar of the early Bronze Age was discovered buried beneath the floor of a building. [Read full story]

Eshtaol Excavations

(Image credit: Yoli Shwarz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Eshtaol is located about 15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Jerusalem. [Read full story]

Megan Gannon
Megan has been writing for Live Science and Space.com since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.