The excavation revealed the remains of a late Byzantine period village dating to the 6th and 7th centuries. One of the most impressive finds of the excavation is a sophisticated wine press that was used to mass-produce wine.
(Communicated by the Israel Antiquities Authority)
In the course of preparations for the construction of a new residential neighborhood in the town of Netivot in the Negev, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a salvage excavation of the site. Youths from Netivot and Ashkelon were encouraged to volunteer in the dig, along with a group of future IDF recruits currently performing a year of community service in the area.
The excavation revealed the remains of a late Byzantine period village dating to the 6th and 7th centuries C.E., including a workshop, various buildings and two wine presses. Fragments of marble latticework in the form of a cross and…
Source: 1,500-year-old wine presses found in Netivot, Israel | Ancientfoods
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Team including researchers from Bar-Ilan University and Harvard University unravel the mystery of 12,500-year-old rock-cut mortars found throughout Southwestern Asia.
Using 12,500-year-old conical mortars carved into bedrock, they reconstructed how their ancient ancestors processed wild barley to produce groat meals, as well as a delicacy that might be termed “proto-pita” – small loaves of coal-baked, unleavened bread. In so doing, they re-enacted a critical moment in the rise of civilization: the emergence of wild-grain-based nutrition, some 2,000 to 3,000 years before our hunter-gatherer forebears would establish the sedentary farming communities which were the hallmark of the “Neolithic Revolution”.
The research team, consisting of independent researchers as well as faculty members from Bar-Ilan and Harvard Universities, conducted their study in the Late Natufian site of Huzuq Musa, located in Israel’s…
Source: Where bread began: Ancient tools used to reconstruct — and taste — prehistoric cuisine | Ancientfoods
Lawrence of Arabia: Pic credit: BBC
While the press has been inundated by flooding stories and fears of terrorist attacks by Islamic State in the run up to Christmas , the government slipped out a genuine good news announcement for fans of ” Lawrence of Arabia “.
The heritage minister, Tracey Crouch, announced that Clouds Hill, the tiny home of T E Lawrence , near Wareham in Dorset has been given Grade II * status – an Historic England accolade given to only a few hundred buildings in England. The ruling gives its special protection.
The decision taken 80 years after Lawrence’s death has been given no coverage by the press but is a piece of living history for anyone interested in…
Source: A rare accolade to ” Lawrence of Arabia “ | David Hencke
A fascinating perspective on the origins of Muslim aggression.