This magnificent find only demonstrates that Jerusalem’s glorious history is revealed whenever a stone is turned over.
An ancient wine press possibly dating from Roman times was uncovered within the grounds of a disused IDF Schneller military base in Jerusalem. During its more recent history, the site housed the Schneller orphanage from 1860 until World War II.
Various discoveries were made during the dig, including a large winery from either the Roman or Byzantine period, around 1,600 years ago. Archaeologists found a white mosaic surface surrounding a pit where eight cells around the press were used to store grapes and possibly to blend wine, the IAA said. Archeologists believe the press was part of a larger manor house whose residents may have sold the wine amongst other items.
“The archaeological finds discovered here help paint a living, vibrant and dynamic picture of Jerusalem as it was in ancient times up until the modern era.” said archaeologist Alex Wiegmann, excavation director on behalf of the IAA.
The remains of a bathhouse included, terra cotta pipes used to heat the bathing facility and clay bricks stamped with the title of the Tenth Roman Legion, one of the four legions that took part in the siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. Units of the legion remained garrisoned in the city until around 300 CE.
Excavations six months ago found the remains of a Jewish community at the Schneller compound dating from the late Second Temple period, around the time of Jesus.
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