Canaanite Wine Cellar discovered at Tel Kabri

Tel Kabri is a Canaanite site located a few miles east of Nahariya in the Plain of Akko in northern Israel. Excavations have been conducted at the site for several years under the direction of Prof. Eric H. Cline of Washington University and scholars from the University of Haifa, Israel.

A total of forty clay jars were discovered. Each have a capacity of 13 gallons. You may read more about the discovery here and here.

Wine jars at Tel Kabri. Credit: Prof. Eric H. Cline & Tel Kabri Excavation.

Wine jars at Tel Kabri. Credit: Prof. Eric H. Cline and the Tel Kabri Excavation.

The photo below shows a room in the Canaanite palace at Tel Kbri. The excavators date this structure to 1700 B.C.

Wine cellar at Tel Kabri. Credit: Prof. Eric H. Cline and Tel Kabri Excavation.

Wine cellar at Tel Kabri. Credit: Prof. Eric H. Cline and the Tel Kabri Excavation.

This discovery reminds us of the wine cellars discovered at El-Jib (Gibeon) by James Pritchard in 1959. Sixty-three cellars with a possible capacity of 25,000 gallons were excavated (Pritchard, Gibeon, 79-99).

HT: Joseph Lauer

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