JERUSALEM, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Israeli archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved ancient agricultural farmstead, dated back to 2,100 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Wednesday.
It was discovered next to Arbel stream in the eastern Galilee Region in northern Israel, about 6 km west of the Sea of Galilee.
The finds include tens of loom weights used for weaving garments, large ceramic storage vessels, and iron agricultural implements, including various picks and scythes, the IAA noted.
They were found during excavation carried out by the IAA prior to a project conducted by the state-owned water company Mekorot to transfer desalinated water to the Sea of Galilee.
"The finds remained where they were left by the occupants of the site," said Amani Abu-Hamid, director of the excavation.
"It seems that they left in haste in face of an impending danger, possibly the threat of a military attack," she added, explaining "more research is required to determine the inhabitants' identity."
The excavation also revealed the foundations of buildings, pottery vessels and other finds dating to the Iron Age, about 2,900 years ago, according to the IAA.