BAR 34:05, Sep/Oct 2008
Hidden Galilee Cave Yields Wealth of Prehistoric Remains
A recently discovered cave in the western Galilee provides dramatic new insights into the prehistoric landscape and environment of northern Israel. The massive stalactite cave, which was unexpectedly breached during the construction of a sewage line earlier this year, contains archaeological material and animal remains dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period (40,000–20,000 B.P. [Before Present] ), if not earlier.
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have only just begun to explore the interior of the multichambered cave complex and say that only further scientific study will determine more precisely when humans first occupied the site. So far, archaeologists have found scores of flint tools inside the cave, as well as the remains of several animals that are no longer found in the Galilean landscape, including red deer, bear and buffalo.