You Will Never Believe these Ancient Businesses Existed
Businesses in the modern world are as complex and interesting as the new advancements that you see every now and then. However, it is also more interesting to know that ancient commerce could have the same exciting features as today’s entrepreneurship is. Recent archaeological discoveries prove there is something remarkable in ancient businesses that the pages of history have not recorded yet.
List of Ancient Businesses in History
- Non-Stick Frying Pans
It may sound familiar especially when you open your online or home shopping channel but non-stick frying pans are not really new in the world. In fact, archaeologists in Naples unearthed pottery fragments that are believed to be 2,000-years-old. Up to 50,000 pieces of frying pans, lids, and pots showed that the non-stick concept is as ancient as the Pompeian Red Ware. The discovered fragments showed red-slip layers, preventing food from being burned when you cook it with strong flames.
- Kiln in Galilee
Galilee is one of the ancient places where the necessity for ceramic manufacturing thrived. In the modern-day town called Shlomi, a distinguishable pot workshop showed proof of this important part of the Galilee history through the unique discovery. It is not at all like any ancient pottery workshop because the place showed features that are more advanced for its time. The industrial oven is different from other kilns, which are made of mud or stone because its main construction material is cut directly into the bedrock. The chalky feature of the bedrock made it easier and softer to shape into a form that you desire with enough strength and resistance to heat, necessary for the pottery making process.
- Prehistoric Glassmakers
In 2017, archaeologists unearthed an important part of the history of prehistoric Poland, showing proof that the artifacts on Mount Grojec are from a community of glassmakers. No completed items were on the archaeological site, stating that these ancient people do not buy glass but made them instead. Some of the proofs include melted waste glass or slag, half-glass pieces, and artistic blunders, all elements of a process to heat and shape glass. Experts believe the discovered site is more than 2,000 years old and possibly the oldest glass factory discovered in Poland. Researchers, however, are still uncertain as to the suppliers of the glass and the villagers in general.
- Christian Winery
Archaeologists discovered a wine factory in 2013, which is approximately from the Byzantine era. The winery in Israel is nearby another archaeological location Hamei Yo’av. Experts believe that the site is an ancient settlement for Christian residents and producers of large-scale wine. The complex is more than 100 square meters with several sections where grapes were dumped upon delivery to the winery. Some compartments looked like the areas where the fruits were left for fermentation. On top of wine production, researchers believe that the ancient workers also produced vinegar or pauper’s wine as secondary products from the grape wastes. One of the unearthed artifacts showed a ceramic lamp with a church painting.