Large Roman winery, baths exposed in Jerusalem Posted by TANN ArchaeoHeritage, Archaeology, Breakingnews, Greater Middle East, Israel, Near East 5:30 PM Unexpected finds more than 1,600 years old were uncovered during archaeological excavations financed by the Merom Yerushalayim Company, which the Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out in Schneller Compound prior to the construction of residential buildings for Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox population. Large Roman winery, baths exposed in Jersusalem An ancient rural estate comprising a manor house, large wine press, Roman bathhouse and Jewish Mikye, or ritual bath, has been unearthed in Jerusalem beneath a famous orphanage [Credit: IAA] Schneller Orphanage operated in Jerusalem from 1860 until the Second World War. During the British Mandate, its German inhabitants were expelled and a military base was established there. After the British withdrawal in 1948 the compound was turned over to the Hagana and later served as an army base used by the Israel Defense Force until 2008. Interesting and assorted finds from Jerusalem’s past were discovered in the archaeological excavation, most notably a large and impressive winery dating to the Roman or Byzantine period, some 1,600 years ago.