Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1272 Earliest Winery & First Skyscraper

World's First Skyscraper - Jericho

World's First Skyscraper - Jericho

An excavation in Armenia, almost in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, has discovered the oldest known winery, going back to around 4,000 B.C. This discovery opens up the possibility of collecting lots of different information about the development of agriculture and the domestication of the grape. Just a few months earlier excavators had announced the discovery of the world’s oldest known footwear at this same location.

The second half of our program is devoted to some new perspectives on the tower of Jericho, by a couple of Tel Aviv University archaeologists. They suggest that this tower, in the middle of the excavated tell, was probably the world’s first skyscraper. It’s 28 feet tall, but it’s also 11,000 years old.


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