2,700-year-old wine press discovered in Iraq

The discovery was made by a group of Italian archaeologists from the university of Udine in cooperation with antiquities authorities in Duhok, the team are working on adding the ancient structure to the UNESCO world heritage list.

Head of Antiquities in Duhok, Baikaz Gamal Eldin told Reuters the press dates back to the rule of the Assyrian King Sennacherib, adding the wine press is the “first in the north Mesopotamia region and the second in the Middle East, and I believe the world."

The site is composed of 14 basins, shaped in squares and circles, and carved into the stone of the mountain itself, located in what was once north Mesopotamia, now the modern day village of Khanas.

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