Stains of purple dye on fragments of pottery, found at Tell Shikmona Golan Shalvi / University of Hai

Mysterious Biblical-era Stronghold Was Actually a Phoenician Snail Dye Factory, Archaeologists Say

Tel Shikmona contains the ruins of a powerful edifice built where one shouldn’t have been, given the absence of harbor or beach – but the snails from which purple dye was made were there in droves

Why would anybody in their right mind build what looks to have been a fort at an inaccessible point on Israel s coast over 3,000 years ago? There was no harbor, nor were there signs of settlement at Tel...

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