Ancient olive oil factory found in Israel

Published on August 13th, 2012 | by Admin

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A 1,300-year-old olive oil factory has been found near Tel Aviv in Israel.

An exceptional 1,300-year-old olive oil factory was unearthed Tuesday during excavations in the Tel Aviv suburb of Hod Hasharon. The Israel Antiquities Authority’s find, dated to the late Byzantine or early Muslim period, narrowly escaped being paved over by a planned roadway.

Excavators found a pressing floor for olives, a piping system, trenches, and cisterns that drained and stored the fresh olive oil. Stone weights used for pressing sacks of olives were found beside the ruins. By the archaeologists’ estimations, the site was an industrial concern and not private.

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Story: Ilan Ben Zion, Times of Israel | Photo: Hagit Turga, Israel Antiquities Authority

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