Scientists from the Antiquities Authority discovered an ancient olive press
during an excavation in Jerusalem, the authority announced on
The archeologists uncovered the press – ensconced in a karst
cave – while digging out the grounds upon which a student dormitory will be
built for the nearby Jerusalem College of Technology, the Antiquities Authority
“This ancient press for producing olive oil, whose date could not
be clearly ascertained, was in all likelihood one that belonged to an old town
or a farm that was on these premises,” read a statement from the
“It joins another olive press that was discovered a few years
ago in the nearby Beit Hakerem neighborhood on the other side of the Rakafot
River. These presses are testament to the centrality of the olive trade to the
agrarian economy of Jerusalem and its surroundings.”
College of Technology and the Antiquities Authority plan on turning the site
into a rest area where students and visitors can learn about how the press was
operated in ancient times.
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