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Hamadia (Hebrew: חֲמַדְיָה) is a kibbutz in the Beit She'an Valley, just north of Beit She'an in northern Israel. It belongs to the Valley of Springs Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 379.
The location is situated on a terrace of ancient Lake Beisan, 200 metres below sea level. Tell Hamadia is a single layer archaeological site of about 100 m2 (0.010 ha), first reported and excavated at Hamadia by N. Tzori in 1958 then again by Jacob Kaplan in 1964. Ovens, pits and fireplaces were found with Yarmukian pottery and an assmeblage of many axes, picks, scrapers, "saw" elements[dubious ] and sickles. Large saw elements indicated possible earlier Neolithic occupation which was suggested to date at least to the early Chalcolithic (MOM period 7). A flint sickle workshop was located close to the site with over 300 sickle blades found. Tell Hamadia is 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Munhata and is suggested to date between ca. 5800 and 5400 BCE. Detailed reports have yet to be published.
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