Monday, December 14, 2020

Two oil lamp workshops

CERAMICS: One of Largest Ever Ancient Oil Lamp Workshops Discovered in Beit Shemesh (David Israel, Jewish Press).
“The Beit Nattif oil-lamp cistern has been brought back to life,” said the archaeologists, adding, “We are extremely excited since this is not just an important archaeological discovery in its own right, but also tangible evidence of archaeological history.”
Another, somewhat later, oil lamp workshop is also in the news: Ancient oil lamp workshop, now at Israel Museum, shows the way we once lit. Rare assemblage of lamp molds, kiln and unused oil lamps found under rubble from Tiberias earthquake of 1033 sheds light on craftsmanship in early Islamic period (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

It's oil lamps galore for Hanukkah!

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