Archaeology news: Ancient farmhouse exposed in Israel made 'cereal' 2,800 years ago

“The numerous wine presses discovered in the vicinity of the settlement indicate the wine industry was the most important branch of agriculture in the region.

“A large silo, which was used to store grain, shows that the ancient residents were also engaged in growing cereal.”

The farmhouse was used then throughout the sixth century BC, a time also known as the Time of the Return to Zion.

This biblical epoch refers to Jews returning to the Holy Land after the Babylonian exile.

In the year 538 BC, the Persian King Cyrus, who himself conquered the Neo-Babylonian Empire, issued a decree that allowed some 50,000 Jews to return to their homelands.


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