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Nazareth village - an olive press


This is an olive press as would have been used 2000 years ago. There is a donkey (you can just see its ear at knee height to the man and the ass' ass to the right of the pole) that pulls the heavy stone around, to press the oil out of the olives in the bowl. The counterweight at the point of the axle pole is shifted nearer to the wheel, to increase the pressure.


The inhabitants of this country have been using olives, ever since. Olives as food and a great number of uses for the oil, including oil lamps as the standard indoor lighting back then.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 24 Feb 2016, 02:24
Excellent stuff, Louis.

There are few trees more useful than the olive.
Louis: Thank you Ray. They are useful and deliver for ages. The oldest one I have seen (in Greece) was 3,000 years old.
It's a fascinating thing, Louis
Louis: Indeed, it is, Elizabeth.
This is very interesting Louis... I wonder how old this one is.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn. One should remember that this is hard working 'machinery' and don't last so long. The wheel itself is considered as old at around 500 years and somewhat patched up. The rest is fairly recent at around 20 years.
Quite a fascinating capture Louis!
Louis: The first time I have seen such an old press in action, Richard.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 24 Feb 2016, 05:54
I guess this was very efficient, Louis
Louis: This part is just the beginning of the process. In the next part of the operation, the crushed stuff is piled on fibrous mats and subjected to a long slow pressing. Oil is then separated from the vege matter through the mats. The oil is still dirty and must be decanted after allowing sediment to form. In modern times, this process can be combined into one machine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Feb 2016, 06:27
This is a wonderful picture Louis, just like going back in time
Louis: Thank you Chris - it was like that.
To be honest, Louis, I think I could live on olives! smile
Louis: I like them too, Ginnie. So many ways to prepare them and always very nice.
That is very old!
Louis: The artefacts are not so old, just the wheel, Mary.
A wonderful thing the olive.
Louis: My sentiment too, Bill
I wonder how many times it has gone around...
Louis: Now, that is something to ponder ...
very labour intensive.... wonderful find Louis!
Louis: It could have been worse I guess. At least, ass power is involved here smile
That will certainly get the juices running Louis, great to see this.
Louis: Oh yes, some pressure will set the juices pumping smile
it looks solid and heavy, Louis. it would press anything!

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