olive oil history

Feb. 12, 2021

Remains of 2,500-Year-Old Mill Discovered in Italy

They believe it is the earliest olive oil mill found in Magna Graecia, a region that encompasses most of Italy's southern coastline, where ancient Greek colonists arrived 3,500 years ago.

Jan. 6, 2021

Ancient Olive Oil Production Artifact Found in Gethsemane

Archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath, known as a Mikveh. The finding underscores the importance of olive oil production in Gethsemane during the time of Christ.

Jan. 5, 2021

Cultivating Olive Oil Culture Through the Recognition of Heritage Trees

By identifying centenary olive trees, the organizers of Sudoliva hope to promote olive oil culture in the Americas and help producers along the way.

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Dec. 9, 2020

Greek Painter Dedicates Athens Mural to the History of Olive Oil Production

In his latest work, Stelios Faitakib seeks to show the long and storied history of Greek olive oil production through a uniquely Greek medium.

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.

Nov. 9, 2018

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.

Oct. 22, 2018

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.

Jun. 1, 2018

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.

Feb. 8, 2018

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.

Jan. 8, 2018

Historic Hadrian Olive Oil Returns

In keeping with Hadrian’s love for knowledge and the intellect, the olive oil will be sold in his Villa’s bookshop.

Apr. 3, 2017

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.

Jan. 19, 2017

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.

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.

Dec. 4, 2012

Ancient Ruins in Amos, Turkey

A rental agreement etched in a stone tablet from the third century BC says that the tenant must plant an olive tree every year.

Nov. 12, 2012

Carol Drinkwater: Following 'The Olive Oil Route' with Passion

The British actress has written several books on her adventures and is filming her quest to discover the route of the olive tree.

Oct. 30, 2012

Gethsemane Olive Trees Among World's Oldest

A three-year study on the trees in Jerusalem's famous garden, has shown that their trunks and branches are around 900 years old.

Oct. 22, 2012

A Comprehensive Resource for the Olive Oil Sector

A new reference book by Juan Vilar Hernandez has been called one of the most comprehensive so far on the olive oil sector.

Aug. 27, 2012

1,300 Year-Old Olive Oil Factory Excavated in Israel

In a Tel Aviv suburb Archaeologists have unearthed a rare olive press estimated to be about 1,300 years old.

Jul. 17, 2012

Did Someone Give You the Evil Eye? There's One Way to Find Out

You got a strange look just before everything started to go wrong. Better grab your olive oil and know for sure.

Jun. 10, 2012

Epic Olive Trees

The olive tree is perhaps the perfect tree - hardy, beautiful and useful. It is due to these traits that some of the world’s oldest living things are olive trees, with specimens today still thriving after millennia.

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