A 2600-year-old wine press has been uncovered in Lebanon


A 2600-year-old wine press has been uncovered in Lebanon

A paper published in the journal Antiquity has chosen to discuss the importance of this press wine. The press wine was found in a remarkable state of preservation at Tell al-Burak, and this reveals the innovative ways of plaster production in southern Phoenicia (modern Lebanon). This then gives way to a broader topic of discussion, Iron Age in the Meditarranean.

According to a major travel website, one of the co-authors of the papers from the University of Tubingen, Germany, said that the excavations have given insight to the first wine press during the Iron Age, and understanding its technology.

A 2600-year-old wine press has been uncovered in Lebanon

The wine press was not the only thing that was uncovered, as archaeologists have also found four mud brick houses here. They are dated between eighth and sixth centuries B.C.

Archaeologists have found a large number of seeds here, which means that grapes were brought to this place from vineyards closeby and crushed. The process of crushing is supposedly treading feet in a basin of durable plaster. Its size suggests that it could hold 1200 gallons of raw juice at one time.

The final produce was then collected in a vat, and stored in pottery jars that are known as amphorae. It was then fermented, aged, and finally transported. It is interesting to know that wine was a very popular trading item in Phoenicia.

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