According to an article by Roff Smith in yesterday’s National Geographic Daily News, the oldest known hearth, more than 300,000 years old, has been found in Palestine. It is in the Qesem Cave and it contains many layers of wood ash containing fragments of animal bones, showing that it was used to cook meat over a period of many years. Flint tools near it were probably used for butchering the meat.
The human remains found in the cave resemble modern humans more closely than they resemble Neanderthals, so they might well have been ancestors of the Canaanite and Jewish populations that we read about in the Old Testament.
For details of the article, see http://tinyurl.com/q9ucato
Let us hope that the next edition of the Darby Bible printed by the BGT does not contain a chronological table implying that humans have only existed since about 4000 BC. That table makes the Brethren look woefully misguided and has probably played a part in making people think that Christianity and ignorance are an indivisible job-lot.