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Byzantine lantern and winepress found in Israel

Archaeologists excavating in southern Israel have unearthed a Byzantine-era lamp and a large winepress.

The stone remnants of what must have been a significant wine-making apparatus include compartments for storing grapes, a treading floor, and pits for collecting liquid, all spread over an area of more than 100 yards. It would have been in use about 1,500 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Thursday.

The lantern, which was found nearby, includes cross-shaped openings on the sides, and the archaeologists in charge of the dig believe it is shaped like a miniature church building. “When the lantern was lit, crosses were projected on the walls and ceiling,” according to the IAA.

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Story: Matti Friedman, The Times of Israel | Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

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