olive oil history

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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Olive Oil Note Rewrites History of Vesuvius Eruption

A scrawl that rewrote the history of the eruption of Vesuvius referred to an olive oil pantry.

Oldest Known Bottle of Olive Oil on Display in Naples Museum

The nearly 2,000-year-old bottle filled with solidified olive oil will be displayed at the National Archaeological Museum.
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Archaeologists Discover Ancient Olive Oil in Italy

The discovery pushes the time table for olive oil production in Italy back more than 700 years earlier than previously thought.

Tunisia: Land of the Olive Tree

An Olive Oil Times reporter traveled to Tunisia to better understand this nation’s olive oil and learn about efforts to increase exports, which was the focus of the second edition of the Olive Festival of Sfax.