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Oldest Known Hearth Found in Israel Cave

Photo Credit: National Geographic - A hearth (at top of photo) discovered in Qesem Cave shows multiple layers of ash laid down over time.
Photo Credit: National Geographic – A hearth (at top of photo) discovered in Qesem Cave shows multiple layers of ash laid down over time.

New species of early human cooked there 300,000 years ago, say archaeologists.

An ancient limestone cave in the rolling countryside east of Tel Aviv has provided a captivating glimpse into humanity’s remote past—the oldest known hearth, around which families periodically cooked their meals more than 300,000 years ago.

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