Of the earlier
much larger site, bounded by the 600 metre x 9 metre x 3 metre
rock cut ditch, part of which is seen on the right of this lithograph,
Kathleen Kenyon, in charge of the excavation of the ancient
town, reached the following conclusion:
The whole is a remarkable piece of military planning, and
its date must be in the neighbourhood of 8,000 BC, since a Carbon
14 dating of 7,825 BC was obtained Stage IV phase (iii).
This date now needs correcting by plus 1,500 years giving the
date for the worlds oldest recorded town at 9,500 BC.
From Wonders of the Past
Age Project Comment