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Burned flint

Burned flint

Burned flint

Flint

L: 1.8-3.5 cm; W: 1.2-2 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

2010-2515/1-17

Archaeology/Prehistoric Periods

The use of fire for light, heating, cooking, protection from predators, and as a social focus marks a turning point in the development of the human species. At Gesher Benot Ya‘akov in the Jordan Valley, thousands of burnt flint chips were discovered, waste from the production of stone tools and the remains of the most ancient hearth in Eurasia. This is the finest evidence known to date for the use of fire by humans in the Paleolithic Period.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Coen-Uzzielli, Tania, A Brief History of Humankind: The Exhibition, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

Exhibitions:

A Brief History of Humankind, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/05/2015 - 02/01/2016