Wine press that quenched Assyrians’ mighty thirst unearthed

The press and archaeobotanical remains dating back 2,700 years were discovered in northern Iraq

02 November 2021 - 20:38 By Kawa Omar

Archaeologists have excavated the first, and what they believe is the oldest, industrial wine press in northern Mesopotamia. It dates back more than 2,700 years and coincides with a sharp rise in wine demand among the ruling imperial elites of Assyria.

One of the world’s earliest empires, Assyria was located in the northern part of Mesopotamia, most of modern-day Iraq, as well as parts of Iran, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey...

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