Polish archaeologists discover 1,400-year-old winepress in Jordan
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A winepress facility dating back 1,400 years has been discovered by Polish archaeologists at a site in the ancient city Kapitolias in northern Jordan.
Bronze liturgical teaspoon found on the site. Photo: J. Młynarczyk
“The city was famous for its wine production in the Byzantine and early Islamic periods,” prof. Jolanta Młynarczyk, the director in charge of the excavations conducted on behalf of the Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Warsaw, told the PAP news agency.
"The finding is not surprising to us, but draws attention to the workmanship of the whole complex,” Młynarczyk said.
During excavations, archaeologists uncovered a 7m rectangular pool lined with mosaics, but have not been able to unearth it in its entirety. The pool's walls were covered with mortar, while low walls divided the pool into smaller sections.
Młynarczyk said the tank was designed for the storage of ripe grapes and extraction of the juice. (rg)