Olive Oil

Professor Davide Tanasi proved traces of olive oil were once stored in this 4,000-year-old jar, which is 700 years earlier than previously thought. (Courtesy Regione Sicilia - Polo Regionale di Siracusa per i siti e musei archeologici Museo Paolo Orsi)
Olive Oil

A USF history professor uncovered a 4,000-year-old jar in Italy that showed traces of olive oil. That may not seem like a major discovery – but that’s actually 700 years earlier than we thought olive oil production began there. Sam Newlon tells us about how researchers rewrote a part of Italian history on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

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Davide Tanasi
Assistant Professor, USF Dept. of History
Founder, Institute for Digital Exploration (IDEx) at USF
813/974-2807            dtanasi@usf.edu

WUSF News article on the discovery

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