Authorities discover a factory for making soap from the second Ottoman-era, and Israel21c shares more of the details:
Yoav Arbel, a Jaffa expert with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), said this is the second facility of its kind to have been discovered in Jaffa, an ancient port city that is part of the Tel Aviv municipality.
“The site was well preserved and included troughs for mixing raw materials for the soap, a large cauldron, a hearth, water cisterns and underground vaults that were used for storage. This find allows us to reconstruct the manufacturing process, and to draw comparisons with similar factories where the traditional manufacturing process has been perpetuated to this very day,” Arbel said.
The Jaffa factory dates from the Ottoman period, when locally made olive-oil soap was exported to regions throughout the empire, especially Egypt. Other places where soap was produced on an industrial scale are Nablus (Shechem), Jerusalem, Gaza and Lod.