Archaeologists are excavating the largest known Neolithic site in Israel.
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The site is about 9,000 years old. It was likely a crop-farming community that also kept goats and other animals.
Archaeologists Hamoudi Khalaily (right) and Jacob Vardi (left), directors of the excavations at Motza on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, inspect the site.
A 9,000-year-old figurine found at the site that depicts a human face.
A stone figurine of an ox found at the Neolithic site.
Archaeologists found beads made of obsidian (volcanic glass) at the site that came from Anatolia, which is now modern-day Turkey.
The archaeologists unearthed many small bracelets, which were likely worn on the upper arm by children.
This flint knife is one of the thousands of flint tools found at the Neolithic site.
Other groups continued to use the site after the Neolithic. This spearhead — found buried in a warrior's tomb — dates to the middle Bronze Age.
Archaeologists excavate the stony site.
Archaeologists have covered part of the site with a tent to protect it from the elements.
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