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Researchers at the University of Tübingen recently announced the discovery of a winepress in Lebanon dating to the 7th century BC.  The winepress at the Phoenician site of Tell el-Burak had been built into the side of a hill, and was constructed of plaster made from lime and crushed ceramics. Excavations had earlier unearthed a large number of amphoras and evidence of large-scale grape production nearby.  Phoenician wine from the area of Sidon was a sought-after commodity in antiquity and is mentioned in ancient Egyptian texts.  This discovery will help researchers understand Phoenician construction and winemaking techniques.

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https://www.archaeology.org/news/9031-200916-lebanon-phoenician-wine

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/iron-age-wine-press-yields-clues-to-phoenician-building-techniques/

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/2600-year-old-wine-factory-unearthed-in-lebanon

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