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Olive trees play an important role in Greece's social and economic life as they are trees that can be fully utilized. Olive tree wood is used as fuel, raw material for the manufacturing of various articles and tools and a fundamental component of wood supports, roofs, floors and doors

Oil by means of lighting

Olive Press

Already since pre-palatial times (in Minoan Crete), olive oil seemed to be widely used as a means of lighting and this is concluded from the large number of lamps that have been found. Other sources of lighting were animal fat as well as various vegetable oils.

In the Byzantine era, olive oil was used as means of lighting in private or public majestic buildings and church premises.

Keep in mind that, in contemporary times, oil lamps lighted the houses in several Greek villages even at the late 20th century.

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