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Unique 1,600-Year-Old Kiln, Pottery Manufacturing Shop Discovered in Western Galilee

IAA excavation director Joppe Gosker pictured inside the water reservoir (Photo: COURTESY OF ROYEE LIRAN/ ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY)

During a 6-month excavation in Shlomi, Israel, students found a unique, ancient kiln used to produce jars over 1,600 years ago.

According to Antiquities Authority excavation director Joppe Gosker, the find is unusual compared with others unearthed from that period.

“The kiln was meticulously constructed,” he said. “It consisted of two chambers: one a firebox, in which branches were inserted for burning, and a second chamber where the pottery vessels were placed that were fired in the scorching heat that was generated.”

Gosker said the ceramic debris piled up around the kiln indicates that two types of vessels were manufactured in the facility, including storage jars that could be transported overland, and jars with large handles used to store wine or oil, which were exported from Israel by sea.

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