The remains of an ancient wine factory discovered in the Khinis site in the Nineveh area of northern Iraq. Photo: Terra Di Ninive / AFP
The remains of an ancient wine factory discovered in the Khinis site in the Nineveh area of northern Iraq. Photo: Terra Di Ninive / AFP

Archaeologists in Iraq find 2,700-year-old wine press from rule of Assyrian kings

  • Carvings showing gods, kings and sacred animals date from the reigns of Sargon II (721-705 BC) and his son Sennacherib
  • The team unearthed giant stone basins cut into white rock that were used in commercial winemaking in the late 8th or early 7th century BC

The remains of an ancient wine factory discovered in the Khinis site in the Nineveh area of northern Iraq. Photo: Terra Di Ninive / AFP
The remains of an ancient wine factory discovered in the Khinis site in the Nineveh area of northern Iraq. Photo: Terra Di Ninive / AFP
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