Industrial Complex

We are standing just outside the southwestern corner of the so-called Industrial Complex, which along with the main residential building just to the southeast add up to what Ein Feshka's recent excavator, the late Yizhar Hirschfeld, interpreted as a Judean villa rustica, or country estate. Hirschfeld further suggested that a fence wall connecting Ein Feshka with Qumran encloses an estate of common ownership and shared industry. Indeed the structures before you most likely served some sort of commercial enterprise. But was produced here? Well, whatever it was appears to have required the importation of water, given the four-channeled water system that serves the complex. It would also have required pools for processing and/or storage.

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