And just yards away, a modern highway… Wow!
Just as they were about to build another highway, they had to change their plans–because in the place where the road was going to run, they found what the Israel Antiquities Authority calls “an immense urban construction, planned with streets that separate neighborhoods and public spaces” (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7543517/Israel-unveils-remains-5-000-year-old-city.html).
They estimate the city, described as “a Bronze Age New York” and one of the biggest urban centers in the Middle East at the time, to be some 5,000 years old, with 6,000 inhabitants on 161 acres. The site, called En Esur, came complete with “fortifications, temple, [and] a cemetery.”
Fortifications? It’d be very interesting to know whom they had to fortify their city against. Egyptians? Bedouin raiders? And don’t forget the climate of the region was much less arid, thousands of years ago.
Large numbers of assorted figurines have been recovered from the site–but no inscriptions yet.
Even cooler, En Esur was built on top of an older settlement from 7,000 years ago.
The origins of civilization is a subject that fascinates me. To what heights had it climbed, before the Flood? What was lost–by way of technology, political theory, scientific doctrine, literature–when God confounded human language at the Tower of Babel? Why do advanced civilizations (Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Norte Chico in Peru) seem to spring up at the same time, in very widely separated places?
Who were these folks at En Esur? Where had they come from, how did they build their city–and of whom were they afraid?
Keep looking for inscriptions!