Israeli archaeologists digging near the city of Ramla are used to uncovering flint tools and Palaeolithic remains.
But when they began excavating land that is about to be used for a new motorway they made a significantly less dry discovery.
Hundreds of bottles of gin, wine, beer and other alcohols left behind by British troops during the First World War were dug out of the dry earth.
The drink was consumed by British forces as they camped in the area during their mission to capture Jerusalem by Christmas 1917.
Story: Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph | Photo: EPA, Abir Sultan