Rare Byzantine-era wine seeds found in Negev

Ancient grape seeds once cultivated in the Western Negev to make one of the finest wines during the Byzantine era 1,500 years ago, were recently discovered in the desert, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

An analysis of the charred seeds, found during a joint expedition between the IAA and University of Haifa, determined that the seeds were pioneered to produce what was considered to be one of the finest wines of the Byzantine Empire.

Once known as the “Wine of the Negev,” Prof. Guy Bar-Oz of the University of Haifa, who led the excavation, said the vines that produced the grapes did not survive, leading to questions of where the seeds originated from.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-Byzantine-era-wine-seeds-found-in-Negev-390735

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