3,700 Year Old Wine Cellar Discovered in Israel

Wow!

Imponderabilia

Another recent and fascinating discovery in Near Eastern archaeology! Check out the article below:

“Archaeologists digging at the archaeological site of Tel Kabri, near Nahariya in northern Israel, have discovered what they believe is the oldest and largest wine cellar in the Near East.

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The cellar was unearthed in the ruined palace of the rulers of Tel Kabri, the capital of a Middle Bronze Age Canaanite kingdom (1,700 BC).

As archaeologists excavated in the palace, they uncovered a 3-foot-long jug, later dubbed Bessie. “We dug and dug, and all of a sudden, Bessie’s friends started appearing – five, 10, 15, ultimately 40 jars packed in a 15-by-25-foot storage room. This is a hugely significant discovery – it’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in its age and size,” explained excavations co-director Dr Eric Cline of the George Washington University.

The 40 Canaanite storage jars have…

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3 responses

  1. Boy, if you could purchase it, I’ll bet those amphora would contain some pricey vinegar, after all this time!

    1. I am sure it will end up in a Michelin-starred restaurant somewhere =)

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