Ancient Ostrich Eggs in the Negev

January 17, 2023 | Nathan Steinmeyer and Israel Antiquities Authority
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Not far from the Egyptian border, in the Negev desert, Israeli archaeologists have discovered the remains of a large campsite set up by nomads between 4,000 and 7,500 years ago. Most remarkable among the finds there, writes Nathan Steinmeyer, are at least eight ostrich eggs, probably meant to be used for food. Ostriches were native to the Land of Israel until the 19th century, and were found elsewhere in the Middle East even in the 20th. A brief video from the Israel Antiquities Authority explains:

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