Roman winery found in Jerusalem

2nd March, 2016 by Rupert Millar

A large Roman winery, dating back over 1,000 years, has been unearthed in Jerusalem.

Alex Wiegmann, excavation director, at the winepress uncovered in the Schneller Compound. Photo credit: Israeli Antiquities Authority

The winery and a bath house were uncovered during a dig at the Schneller Compound outside the old city of Jerusalem.

Famously the site of a German Protestant orphanage from 1860 until the Second World War, it was then turned into a British army base until 1948, then an Israeli Defence Force base until 2008 and the area is now marked for a housing development.

The finds though add another layer to the history of the place, with the archaeologists behind the dig thinking that a large manor house or villa is probably nearby….

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