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Other caves feature round crushing basins, shown here, used to grind olives into a mushy pulp that could then be pressed in other installations to produce olive oil. Archaeologists have also identified loom weights in almost every subterranean complex, suggesting Maresha had a large but primarily domestic textile industry. Some of the caves also contained carved basins used for dyeing that were perhaps connected to textile production.