Archaeologists require Hamas to stop earthworks on the site of the mound of tel al-Sahan, where he found the ruins of the Canaanite settlement of the Bronze age, Dating from the third Millennium BC.
The French newspaper Liberation quoted a Palestinian archaeologist Moain Sadeq, according to which, we are talking about a unique ancient monument. «This may be the only fortified city of the Canaanites in the South of Palestine,» he said.
The settlement was discovered accidentally in 1998. In 1999-2000, there were excavated Palestinian-French expedition, led by Cadecom and Pierre de Minosegi. With the beginning of the second intifada, the excavation was interrupted. Now the place where they were, razed.
According to experts, there was a large town, which the king rules, and the society had a complex organization. The settlement, located on the trade route linking Egypt and Mesopotamia, flourished.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of fortifications, mud huts, like the Egyptian, stone utensils. Ceramics connects the city with the Pharaoh of the first dynasty Namerom, the unifier of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Note that in place of the mound repeatedly tried to build housing. Local residents, for which dune is a favourite place of rest, and archaeologists, has managed to resist these attempts. However, the authorities claim that the need for housing is more important than ancient history.