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8th Century Olive Press
Olives were first crushed in the basalt basin, then put in baskets woven from reeds. These were placed in the press and squeezed using the long lever (which allowed stone weights of managable size to apply great pressure). Presses of this design seem to be typical of Galillee, while a different design was used further south. Some 20 of this type have been found, some estimates of olive oil production for the period place it higher than current production.
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