Ancient farms found on island of Lefkada

Roadworks on the Ionian island of Lefkada have revealed extensive traces of ancient agricultural installations including olive presses and dyeworks that were in use in classical and Roman times, the Ministry of Culture said yesterday. Two large complexes were unearthed in farmland outside the ancient, walled town of Leucas, whose ruins have been located a couple of kilometers south of the modern town of Lefkada on the island’s northwest coast. The larger of the two was used between the first century BC and the third century AD. It contained an olive press, large tanks where the oil was collected, what was probably a wine press and a building where purple dye was extracted from murex shells. Berdos and Goutselis, who were charged yesterday with causing grievous bodily harm, allegedly attacked the two and punched them up.