Byzantine-era olive press discovered in Israel

An olive press dating to the 6th – 8th century CE has been discovered at a road construction site near Hod HaSharon in Israel. The press "had been carved into huge building slabs that were sunk into the ground."

Excavation of the site was overseen by the Israel Antiquities Authority. "We discovered the surface on which olive oil was extracted as well as a network of pipes, canals and holes that drained the liquid oil," said excavation team leader Durar Masarwa.