Grape find by 13-year-old archaeologist

2015-05-18 22:29

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Jerusalem - Israel's Antiquities Authority on Monday announced the discovery of a 1 400-year-old wine press in an east Jerusalem settler district - and said it was unearthed by a 13-year-old boy.

A woman walking her dog in the Neve Yaakov area first alerted the authorities after finding signs of an archaeological dig near her home.

Members of the authority, surprised to hear about an excavation they did not know about, chanced upon the young archaeology buff who explained that he had organised the dig with friends.

He discovered the wine press, estimated to date back nearly two and a half millennia and measuring some five metres by five metres.

"This story touched us, but be aware that any unauthorised archaeological dig can destroy important artifacts," the Antiquities Authority's Amit Reem said in a statement.

He said the youthful amateurs had now been invited to take part in authorised digs monitored by professionals.

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