Excavation of Wine Trash at Elusa

Once famous across continents as a mecca for wine, the lost Byzantine-era city of Elusa's fate has long been something of a mystery. But now researchers have begun to shed more light on the shadowy city, and their findings are trash … literally. A recent archaeological dig of garbage mounds in the complex, located in the Negev desert in modern-day Israel, has revealed key elements that indicate how the city went into decline, and eventually disappeared. Elusa was a hub of wine production and trade in the late Roman Empire.