A rock-cut pottery kiln was discovered in northern Israel during an archaeological dig this year. The ancient ceramic workshop is 1,600 years old, meaning it dates back to the period when the Romans occupied the region, excavators say. [Read the full story on the newfound pottery kiln]
While most kilns are built out of stone, earth and mud, this newly discovered kiln was cut out of the chalky bedrock at the site, which located in the modern-day town of Shlomi.
Prepared for the job
Excavation director Joppe Gosker, with the Israel Antiquities Authority, stands inside the pottery workshop's water reservoir.
The kiln had two chambers: one for the fire to burn and one for the clay pots to vitrify. [Read the full story on the newfound pottery kiln]
A mosaic was also unearthed at the site. [Read the full story on the newfound pottery kiln]
Young people including high school students volunteered to work on the excavation, which was taking place ahead of the construction of a residential complex.
Linking past and future
The Israel Antiquities Authority says part of the site will be incorporated into an archaeological park.
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