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  5/15/2012, Iyar 23, 5772

1,400-Year-Old Olive Press Uncovered in Modi'in Dig


The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced, Tuesday, that a press for the production of olive oil was discovered last week in Modi'in, about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, during an archaeological excavation in advance of expansion of the city's Keyser neighborhood by the Construction and Housing Ministry. A statement by the IAA called the press the grandest and most complete one found so far.

Archaeologist Hagit Torgë, who is directing the dig, said the press, which was used to produce industrial quantities of oil for food and light, about 1,400 years ago, "was preserved surprisingly intact with all its components."