Israel discovers 2,000-year-old Roman factory used for making fish sauce

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JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Israeli archaeologists discovered a rare 2,000-year-old Roman factory used for making fish sauce, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday.

This special fermented sauce with strong stench, called garum, was a basic condiment in the Roman diet throughout the Mediterranean basin.

The exposure of this factory in the ancient port city of Ashkelon indicates that the Roman tastes have spread across the empire not only in the clothing items but also in the food habits, said the archaeologists.

The archaeologists found decorated marble items, impressive mosaic pieces and remains of a huge workshop for pottery jars used for marketing the wine for export.

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