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In Photos: Roman Ceramic Factory Found in Israel

Ceramic workshop

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Royee Liran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

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]

Pottery kiln

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Royee Liran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

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

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Royee Liran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Excavation director Joppe Gosker, with the Israel Antiquities Authority, stands inside the pottery workshop's water reservoir.

Multiple uses

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Karen Covello-Paran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

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]

Beauty unearthed

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Karen Covello-Paran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

A mosaic was also unearthed at the site. [Read the full story on the newfound pottery kiln]

Strong team

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Karen Covello-Paran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

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

Israeli pottery kiln

(Image credit: Karen Covello-Paran, Israel Antiquities Authority)

The Israel Antiquities Authority says part of the site will be incorporated into an archaeological park.