Ancient lantern, wine press unearthed in Israel
by Associated Press Wire
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2013 photo, a recently discovered Christian lantern is seen in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare 1,500 year old Christian artifact and wine press in the south of the country that shed light on life in the Byzantine period. The Israel Antiquities Authority this week announced the find in the remains of a Byzantine settlement near the city of Ashkelon. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
In this Thursday, April 4, 2013 photo, a recently discovered Christian lantern is seen in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare 1,500 year old Christian artifact and wine press in the south of the country that shed light on life in the Byzantine period. The Israel Antiquities Authority this week announced the find in the remains of a Byzantine settlement near the city of Ashkelon. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2013 photo, Gal Sharon from the Israel Antiquities Authority inspects a recently discovered wine press in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare 1,500 year old Christian artifact and wine press in the south of the country that shed light on life in the Byzantine period. The Israel Antiquities Authority this week announced the find in the remains of a Byzantine settlement near the city of Ashkelon. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
In this Thursday, April 4, 2013 photo, Gal Sharon from the Israel Antiquities Authority inspects a recently discovered wine press in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare 1,500 year old Christian artifact and wine press in the south of the country that shed light on life in the Byzantine period. The Israel Antiquities Authority this week announced the find in the remains of a Byzantine settlement near the city of Ashkelon. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists say they have unearthed a 1,500-year-old lantern decorated with crosses and a wine press that shed light on life in the Byzantine period.

The Israel Antiquities Authority this week announced the discovery of the rare items, which were found in the ruins of a Byzantine settlement near the city of Ashkelon.

Archeologist Saar Ganor said the Christian lantern is significant because of the rarity of such items. It was carved in a way that when lit, glowing crosses were projected on walls of a room.

He said the wine press is of note because of its large size. The wine made in such a press was often exported to countries in the Mediterranean as well as Europe and North Africa.
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