Mar 27, 2017 01:54 PM EDT
Hundreds of World War 1 (WW1) liquor bottles have been discovered in Israel. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority led the excavation, which is being carried out as part of a highway construction. Thus, the finding was totally unexpected.
Apparently, the hidden British WW1 barracks was formerly a building used for farming during the Ottoman period. Other items found during the dig were military uniform buttons, belt buckles, and riding equipment. According to experts, the building collapsed due to a fire for a reason that is yet to be known.
India Today reported that one artifact appeared to be more special than the rest. The tip if a swagger stick probably belonging to a Royal Flying Corps officer was also revealed. Swagger sticks were normally carried by senior officers to indicate power. Allegedly, this is the first of its kind ever found in the said country.
Nevertheless, about 70 percent of the waste materials were wine and soda bottles. To further illustrate, the archeologists believe that the British soldiers used alcohol to release the tension during the war. At the end of the day, the items tell an unwritten glimpse of history that occurred a century ago.
On the other hand, the researchers also found stone-age tools dated for about 250,000 years ago. They are believed to have come from the Middle Paleolithic period.
Per Live Science, the Israeli Antiquities Authority conducted the excavation near the city of Ramla. In particular, the site is located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The discovery actually happened almost a few weeks ago, but it was disclosed to the public just recently.
For the record, the surroundings of Ramla were conquered in 1917. British soldiers then occupied the area for at least nine months. These troops were led by the popular General Edmund Allenby. After their reign in Israel, these soldiers moved north.
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