The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced yesterday the discovery of a Bronze Age cemetery in Hindaza area, east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
It said in a press statement that while a local resident was digging the ground to build the foundation for his home, this cemetery was exposed.
The resident contacted the Bethlehem Department of Antiquities, which immediately went to the site where its crews started excavations work that showed that the cemetery dates back to the Bronze Age and contains a set of clay and metal items.
The ministry said its crews began extensive exploration and documentation work in order to accurately identify and properly examine all the archaeological material at the site.
It stressed the importance of this discovery, which it said would enrich the scientific knowledge of this region with new and useful information not previously known, as well as the scientific research of an important historical era represented by the discovered cemetery, which has information about burial customs in the Bethlehem area during the Bronze Age.