Officers The Israelis On Monday (11) near the Gaza Strip, the remains of an impressive wine production complex from the Byzantine era located in the south of the country were delivered. The The factory is the largest of its time, with an annual production of 2 million liters.
Archaeologists are still struggling to gather enough evidence before reaching the final conclusions about the location of Yvonne, in southern Israel. 1,500 year old wine production site, According to the French Press News Agency.
At that location, large printing presses, thousands of bottle pieces and wine storage facilities were found.
The factory will be the largest of its time, with an annual production of 2 million liters. – Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP
Discovered by a team of archaeologists led by the Israeli Archaeological Commission Five presses About 225 m2 to crush the grapes Two large barrels Wort concentric octal and Two pottery stoves To heat the clay of the elongated amber, is called The “Gaza Bowls” in which the wine has aged.
“We were amazed to find a state-of-the-art winemaking factory here,” archaeologists Eli Hadath, Liad Nadav-Jiv and John Sellingman, who led the excavations, said in a joint statement.
Large printing presses, thousands of bottle pieces and wine storage facilities were found. – Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP
At that time, the Gaza Strip, Palestinian territory, was now ruled by Islamists from Hamas, and the nearby city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel, near Yavne. They are known for the quality of wines sold throughout the Mediterranean.
Furthermore, thanks to excavations, it was possible to prove the existence of wine presses that are 2,300 years old, when the Achaemenid Persian Empire ruled over much of the Middle East. According to archaeologists, the local wine industry has been around for centuries.
The Israeli Archaeological Commission said Monday that the Yawne complex will be part of an archeological park that will be “protected” and open to the public.
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