Byzantine oil jar suggests trade Mediterranean

The Israel Antiquities Authority reports that remnants of a Byzantine oil jar, dating to the 6th century, has been found on Netanya's Poleg beach. The presence of the large jar suggests trade in olive oil along the Israeli coast. (photo)

The large storage jar, 80L (21 Gal), is consistant with vessels used for the transport of locally produced olive oil to Europe. The remnants of the jar are being studied by the Marine Archaeology Unit (MAU) of the Israel Antiquities Authority.