olive oil history

Sep. 16, 2021

New Research Reveals Key Role of Olive Oil in Ancient Roman Diets

Using new investigative techniques, researchers from the University of Kent determined that olive oil constituted 20 percent of caloric intake among residents of one Roman city.

Aug. 10, 2021

Brač Seeks Croatia’s Sixth PDO Certification

Olive oil has played an integral role in the cultural, ecological and economic development of the Dalmatian island.

Jul. 20, 2021

Sicily's Monumental Olive Trees Provide Window Into Island’s History

Sicily’s oldest olive trees have stories to tell. From farmers overcoming adversity to the island becoming a trade hub, olive oil production played an essential part.

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Jun. 24, 2021

Pottery Shards in Croatia Reveal Roman Olive Oil and Military History

When describing what is now modern-day Croatia, Cassius Dio said the people cultivated nearly no olives produced no wine. Today, Croatia excels in both, thanks largely to the Roman occupation.

May. 27, 2021

Olive Oil Tourism Returns to the Colosseum as Italy Reopens

The reopening of the Colosseum Archeological Park means that visitors can once again connect with Ancient Roman culture through olive oil production.

May. 20, 2021

Discovery of 9th Century Soap Factory in Israel Sheds Light on Ancient Trade

The olive oil soap-making facility was discovered in the southern city of Rahat, inside an affluent 9th-century house.

Nov. 29, 2020

New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

Aug. 12, 2020

Archaeologists Bring Roman Villa Back to Life in Malta

Using 3D modeling technology, archaeologists and researchers have created a virtual replica of the ancient Roman villa and its oil press. Digital tourists can now explore the site and witness millennia-old olive oil production from home.

Feb. 4, 2020

Greece Renews Call for Parthenon Parts After Brexit

In light of Brexit, Greece will intensify efforts to return the Parthenon pediments to their original home.

Sep. 19, 2019

Scientists Find Earliest Evidence of Olive Oil in Central Europe

Early Celts in the French region of Burgundy imported olive oil from the Mediterranean around 500 BCE, a new study shows. The find is the earliest evidence of olive oil use in Central Europe.

Jan. 22, 2019

Millenary Olive Trees in Spain Named Global Agricultural Heritage Site

The millenary olive trees of Sénia, a territory that stretches in between Barcelona and Valencia, have been formally recognized by the as an important agricultural heritage site.

Jan. 2, 2019

Millenary Olive Seeds Found in Important Archeological Site in Turkey

4,000-year-old olive seeds and utensils were been found in Oylum Höyük, an historical mound located in a fertile plain in Kilis province in Southeastern Turkey.

Nov. 15, 2018

3,500-Year-Old Olive Pits Provide Evidence of Early Cultivation in Dalmatia

The ancient pits provide evidence that olives have been cultivated in Croatia for more than 3,500 years.

Dec. 29, 2014

Pottery Find Proves Olive Oil Used in Israel 8,000 Years Ago

New evidence suggests olive oil was used in Israel and possibly the Mediterranean basin as early as 8,000 years ago.

Dec. 15, 2014

Submerged Village Might Be Home to the First Olive Mills

Archaeologists are excavating a 7,500-year-old underwater village that may have been the oldest olive oil production center in the world.

Sep. 25, 2013

Ancient Olive Oil Dealers

In ancient times, the sale of olive oil in amphorae was an activity undertaken by various types of tradesmen.

Feb. 19, 2013

Testaccio and Olive Oil Labelling

A look at an ecological dump and what it represents, with a view to understanding the true size of olive oil production in Ancient Rome.

Feb. 13, 2013

Origins of Domesticated Olive Tree Revealed

A new study pinpoints the transition from the wild olive trees to their cultivated descendants in time and space.

Jan. 27, 2013

Olive Oil History: Packaging, Transportation and Sale

The main hub of oil production in ancient Baetica was centered in the Valle Medio del Guadalquivir where potter centres made the large and heavy oil amphorae to transport oil.

Jan. 17, 2013

Plato’s Sacred Olive Tree Vanished

Another seeming victim of the great financial crisis in Greece: an olive tree that once shaded Plato and his students.

Jan. 2, 2013

Roman 'Olive Villas' Unearthed in Antequera

The recent discovery of Roman villas in Antequera, Spain confirmed the region's significance in terms of olive oil production.

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