1700 B.C.E was before most of the events of the Bible. It was before the Amarna period and during the Hyksos period when Canaanites may have ruled in northern Egypt. Anyway, this find is interesting even though the only Bible reference would be to the Noah epic and the affirmation that wine-making goes way back.
Over the past eight years, Cline and his colleagues from Tel Aviv University have been excavating the ruins of an ancient in Kabri, Israel, about 4 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The 8,000-square-feet home was buried in rubble by a natural disaster about 3,700 years ago.
This summer, the team discovered a storage room on the edge of the palace and immediately stumbled upon a giant ceramic jug inside the room. The pottery was 3 feet long and once held more than 13 gallons of liquid.
But the jug was not alone.
“By the time we excavated the whole thing, we had found 39 others,” Cline says. “Pop, pop, they all appeared. It was an archaeologist’s dream.”