Wine press and vat

Wine press and vat

Visiting the excavations of the Areni-1 cave complex in Armenia, archaeologist Levon Petrosyan (left) contemplates the 6,100-year-old wine-making equipment discovered by an international project co-directed by Boris Gasparyan, Gregory Areshian and Ron Pinhasi.
Petrosyan's left foot points toward the wine press, which is designed to drain into a vat that at the time of this photo was not yet excavated.
While crumbled today, the edge of the wine press would have kept grape juice from spilling over the edges of the wine press, archaeologists believe.
(Photo credit: Hans Barnard)

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