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24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Liquor bottles belonging to WW1 British soldiers E-mail

An unexpected discovery was made recently in an archaeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the vicinity of Ramla.

Archaeologists were astounded to find a fascinating reminder from the First World War that included, among other things, hundreds of liquor bottles that are 100 years old. They were found near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned during the war.

According to Ron Toueg, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The written historical evidence regarding the soldiers’ activities in the British army in Israel usually consists of ‘dry’ details, such as the number of soldiers, direction of attack, and the results of the battle. The discovery of this site and the finds in it provide us with an opportunity for a glimpse of the unwritten part of history, and reconstruct for the first time the everyday life and leisure of the soldiers. We exposed a building whose upper part was not preserved, which was apparently the foundations of a barracks.”

“This structure was used for agricultural purposes in the Ottoman period, and during WWI the British converted it for military use and soldiers were housed in it. Inside the building we discovered dozens of uniform buttons, belt buckles, parts of riding equipment, and other artifacts that were the property of the British soldiers. The building caught fire and collapsed for a reason which at this point is unclear. The place where the soldiers discarded debris was revealed just a few metres from the building. We were surprised to discover that along with broken crockery and cutlery there was an enormous number of soft drink and liquor bottles,” added Toueg.

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