Last weekend, major hail and rainstorms hit Israel. Pumping water from a flooded area of the Sharon Plain revealed an ancient winery, thought to date to the 6th century CE. Daniel Eisenbud writes (with photographs):
[The Israeli archaeologist Alla] Nagorski said the well-preserved winery was . . . impressive and rare. “It is evident that great thought was invested in the engineering and construction,” she said. “The wine press is huge—three meters in diameter and two meters deep, and could accommodate twenty cubic meters of wine.”
Nagorski said numerous other wine presses have been exposed in Sharon, where the wine industry once thrived. In addition a warehouse was discovered housing jars.