olive oil history

Archaeologists Find Ancient Olive Press

Archaeologists in Turkey have discovered a 2,000-year-old olive oil press at the site of an ancient town run by women and dedicated to olive-oil production.

Sciabica Celebrates 80 Years of California Olive Oil

Since 1936, the Sciabicas have continued a family tradition of quality production and a commitment to their customers.
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What’s New is Old Again: The Deep Roots of Today’s Olive Oil Trends

What might seem like current trends in the olive oil business aren't so novel at all -- just the latest continuations of stories that began long ago.

Giving New Life to Ancient Olive Trees in Spain

Amador Peset, a young man from the village of Traiguera, started recovering millenary olive trees after losing his job as a carpenter during the financial crisis in Spain. “At first, people saw me as if I were crazy," he said.
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Ancient Mill Discovered on Lesvos

The mill, discovered during the construction of a local road, was in use from the 2nd to the 6th centuries AD.

Sacred Olives: Athena’s Tree on the Acropolis

Atop the Acropolis of Athens stands an olive tree that is a symbol of hundreds of years of dedication and reverence.
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Monte Testaccio: Remnants of an Ancient Trade

One of the most vivid reminders of the thriving olive oil trade in antiquity is Monte Testaccio in Rome.

Researchers Trace Mediterranean Diet’s Origin to Ancient Greek Medicine

The Mediterranean diet may have been conceived by early doctors as a form of medicinal treatment.