Grain: Dagon Collection; Archaeological Museum of Grain Handling in Israel

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    Authors & editors

    Gonen, Rivka [Author]

    Publisher Shikmona Publishing Company Ltd, Jerusalem
    Year of publication 1979

    English (main text)

    Medium Book

    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport
    Economics & commerce > Feeding the World
    Arts, culture and heritage > Collections of importance


    Scope & contentPreface:
    The Dagon Collection – The Archaeological Museum of Grain Handling in Israel – is devoted to the cultural history of grain and grain products in Eretz Israel and its neighbouring countries.

    The museum is the brain child of Dr Reuben Hecht, the founder of the Dagon Silo Company. It is situated in the entrance hall of the Company’s office in Haifa Port. The juxtaposition of the modern, efficient granaries and the humble tools and technology of the people of the country in ancient times is mot striking, and emphasises the living connection between the past and the present.

    It illustrates that the roots of the most up-to-date operations are to be found in the remote past and an unbroken chain links all periods in the history of a country and a people.

    The museum displays the history of the domestication of wheat and barley and the development of various agricultural tools and installations in antiquity. The symbolical aspects of grain and bread, with an emphasis on the importance of bread in Jewish life, are also presented.

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    Accession no. 230628

    • Shelf location: C117.2
    • Donor: Bryan McGee

    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: The beginning of agriculture - introduction and theories
    • 2: The nature of the archaeological evidence
    • 3: The practice of grain agriculture - field tools, processing implements
    • 4: Storage facilities
    • 5: Collecting provisions and distribution of grain
    • 6: International trade in grain
    • 7: Symbolic representations of fertility
    • 8: The power of fertility - fertility figurines
    • 9: Grain as a symbol of purity
    • 10: Grain as a symbol of national hope
    • 11: Grain as a symbol of resurrection