Discovering the First Traces of the Olive
The history of the cultivation of olive in
Modern excavations have unearthed fossilized traces of olive in various regions of
These findings indicate that systematic cultivation of the olive tree began in
The growth and spread of the olive tree in
The olive-oil industry gave livelihood to a large number of people including potters, perfumers, carriers, sailors and merchants. An important network of Phoenician and Greek traders was established, transporting olive products to the western
The high value placed on olive oil survived even after the introduction of coinage. The engravings on the coins of that period portray olive branches or leaves and goddess Athena wreathed with branches of olive.