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      Dog's Fall Led to Archaeological Discovery

      Ancient wine presses found in Jerusalem thanks to a man who walked his dog.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 10/30/2012, 2:56 PM

      The ancient wine press
      The ancient wine press
      Shmulik Hanoch, Community Administration

      Ancient wine presses have been found in Jerusalem – and will soon be part of a new park – thanks to a resident of Ramot who walked his dog several years ago. The dog fell into a hole and had to be rescued. It later turned out that there are more holes in the vicinity, and that a meaningful archaeological discovery had been made.

      Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat recently inaugurated the designated park, which is planned to become an open Biblical tourist park. The park, which will occupy 30,250 square meters, is located north of Jerusalem Park and northwest of Mitzpe Naftoakh nature park,

      Among the discoveries at the location are wine presses from the days of the First Temple, as well as pottery shards and two bronze coins from the Second Temple times. Massive digging at the location has been carried out by the authorities with the participation of local residents and school children. 

      A full reconstruction of the wine presses is planned, under the supervision of renowned archaeologist Amichai Mazar.