Israeli archeologists dig up liquor bottles of WWI troops

Israeli archeologists dig up liquor bottles of WWI troops
This undated photo provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, shows century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldiers in World War I. The Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday it was excavating 250,000-year-old flint tools when the archaeologists stumbled upon hundreds of liquor bottles near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned in 1917. Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority via AP)

In a search for antiquities, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a far more modern find—century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldiers in World War I.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday it was excavating 250,000-year-old flint tools when the archaeologists stumbled upon hundreds of liquor bottles near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned in 1917.

Excavation director Ron Toueg says uniform buttons, belt buckles and riding equipment were found near the city of Ramle in addition to the bottles of gin, whiskey and wine. He said it offered a glimpse into "the everyday life and leisure of the soldiers."

The items appear to have belonged to members of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force commanded by General Edmund Allenby.


Explore further

Israeli archaeologists find inscription of name from Bible

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Israeli archeologists dig up liquor bottles of WWI troops (2017, March 22) retrieved 23 November 2020 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-israeli-archeologists-liquor-bottles-wwi.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments