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1,600-year-old estate that belonged to a rich old Samaritan discovered in Israel

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A 1,600-year-old estate that belonged to a rich old Samaritan was discovered in Israel.

Archaeologists have discovered on the estate of a rich old Samaritan Zur Natan in the center of Israel.

A Greek inscription shows that the agricultural property belonged to a man by the name of “Adios,” who was a member of the ancient Samaritan religious group. “God only help the beautiful property of Master Adios, good-bye,” it reads.

“The inscription was discovered in an impressive wine press that was apparently a part of the agricultural estate of a rich individual called Adios,” says Dr. Hagit Torge, who led the excavation for the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement. “This is only the second wine press discovered in Israel with a blessing inscription associated with the Samaritans.”

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Translated by Prof. dr. Leah Di Signs of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with the inscription dates from the fifth century, a time in which the Samaritan community flourished in the area.

The inscription found during the excavations. (Photo: Galeb Abu Diab. Israel Antiquities Authority)

In addition to the wine press, archaeologists also discovered stone quarries with rock-cut depressions for the cultivation of vines.

“Master” is an honorary title given to the senior members of the community and bears witness to the high social status of the owners of the estate,” said Torge. “The location of the winepress is near the top of Tel Zur Natan, where remains of a Samaritan synagogue were found with a different inscription, and reveals Adios’ high status.”

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Experts note that the area of the Samaritan population shrunk after the sixth-century revolt against the Byzantine rule.

The estate once belonged to a man by the name of “Adios.” (Yitzhak Marmelstein, Israel Antiquities Authority)

A small community of Samaritans still lives on Mount Gerizim in the West Bank and in the Israeli city of Holon.

The old Samaritan estate is the last fascinating archaeological discovery in Israel. In another project, archaeologists are shedding new light on the history of a Biblical site linked to the Ark of the Covenant.

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Engravings of ships were also recently found on an old water reservoir discovered in a city in the Negev desert.

The inscription in Greek helped archaeologists to the site in the history.
(Galeb Abu Diab. Israel Antiquities Authorty)

Elsewhere, archaeologists confirmed that the first full-spelling of “Jerusalem” on an ancient stone inscription unearthed in the area of Jerusalem’s International convention center, known as Binyanei Ha ” Uma.

In separate excavations, experts found that there is a site that can offer new insights into the ancient biblical kingdom of David and Solomon, and a treasure of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, in the vicinity of the temple mount in Jerusalem.

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In February 2018, archaeologists announced the discovery of a clay seal mark, that may bear the signature of the biblical Prophet Isaiah.

Archaeologists working at the ancient site.
(Photo: Galeb Abu Diab. Israel Antiquities Authority)

Other recent finds include the skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back 3200 years, in Israel’s Timna Valley, a place once known as “King Solomon’s Mines.

On the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are also hunting for evidence of the tabernacle, which once housed the Ark of the Covenant.

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Some experts also believe they have the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.

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