Ancient Christian "Holy Wine" Factory Found in Egypt
- *Ancient Christian "Holy Wine" Factory Found in Egypt*
National Geographic News, June 18, 2008
Two wine presses found in Egypt were likely part of the area's earliest
winery, producing holy wine for export to Christians abroad,
archaeologists say. Egyptian archaeologists discovered the two presses
with large crosses carved across them near St. Catherine's Monastery, a
sixth-century A.D. complex near Mount Sinai on the Sinai Peninsula.
More presses are likely to be found in the area, which was probably an
ancient wine-industry hub, according to Tarek El-Naggar, director for
southern Sinai at Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Weeks after
discovering the first wine press, excavators unearthed a nearly
identical press with limestone walls, about 340 feet (100 meters) away.
The find that may indicate the presence of many other presses in the
area, El-Naggar said. The discoveries so far include the presses, clay
vessels called amphorae, and grape seeds. Archaeologists reported red
residue on some walls.
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