The remains of a 5,000-year-old cityhave been discovered in Israel – the largest and oldest such find in the region.
The city was home to 6,000 people and included planned roads, neighbourhoods, a ritual temple and fortifications.
An even earlier settlement, believed to be 7,000 years old, was discovered beneath the city.
Israeli archaeologists said the discovery was the most significant in the region from that era.
“This is the Early Bronze Age New York of our region; a cosmopolitan and planned city where thousands of inhabitants lived,” the excavation directors said in a statement.
“There is no doubt that this site dramatically changes what we know about the character of the period and the beginning of urbanization in Israel,” the statement added.