We do not know what language they spoke but we assume it was an early Semitic language, from which Babylonian and Akkadian evolved and later also Hebrew and Arabic,” Milevski said.Milevski said that on the same site the archaeologists found stone palettes with engravings of schematic female figures with animals around them.Forget classified personals, speed dating, or other Olive Branch dating sites or chat rooms, you've found the best!(F/letcher and Olive) is the romantic/friendship pairing of Fletcher Quimby and Olive Doyle.The society using the oil was pre-Jewish and practiced a religion revolving around the worship of fertility.“We have no writing during that period so we know little about them.Olive oil was used in the Land of Israel as early as 8,000 years ago, archaeologists working at an antiquities site in the Lower Galilee said Wednesday, heralding the earliest evidence for use of the staple in the country and possibly the entire Middle East.The findings by an Israeli team were published recently in the Israel Journal of Plant Sciences and announced Wednesday.
Milevski said the find, dating from 5,000 years before the Hanukkah story, did not supply a definite clue as to whether the oil was used for consumption, lighting, or both.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Tests of potsherds, some dating back to 5,800 BCE, found in 2011-2013 during a salvage excavation ahead of the widening of Road 79, showed traces of olive oil remarkably similar to modern versions, researchers said.
Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov of the Israel Antiquities Authority methodically sampled pottery vessels found in the excavation at Ein Zippori in the Lower Galilee in order to ascertain what was stored in them and how they were used by the site’s ancient inhabitants.
“Now at Zippori, evidence has been found for the first time of the use of olive oil.
Together with the Kfar Samir discovery, this is the earliest evidence of olive oil production in the country, and possibly the entire Levant (the Mediterranean basin),” the researchers said in a statement.