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Pottery Shards from the Chalcolithic Period

1978 - 1982

Pottery shards that testify to the presence of man as early as the Chalcolithic Period (4500-3500 BCE) were discovered in the City of David. Two rectangular residential buildings with benches along their interior walls were found by the bottom portion of the eastern ridge, and are characteristic of the Early Bronze Age (3500-2200 BCE). This is the earliest testimony of permanent settlement.  From pottery shards that were found in different parts of the hilltop and on the Temple Mount, researchers estimate that a rural agricultural settlement existed at the time. 


 Following is the estimated location of the find on the map 

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