About the Flour Mill System Remaining Along the Yarkon RiverThe site of Sheva Tachanot is a site that was partially excavated and restored in the early 2000's by archaeologist Jesus Dray, who discovered that several flour mills were used at the site, which used the Yarkon River to grind wheat.
Near the mills there are remains of an ancient bridge from the Roman period that crossed the Yarkon River and connects the island between the Yarkon River and the flour mills. Eleven pairs of millstones operated on the site, and produced over half a ton of flour every hour. These flour mills were used by farmers from the vicinity who used to arrive for a few days, waiting for their turn and grinding the grain. They operated for hundreds of years until they ceased their activities in 1936.
The source of the name "Sheva Tachanot" is in 7 out of 11 pairs of millstones found in this compound. The mills operated by the water force constituted a real breakthrough in the technology of the Land of Israel and for the first time allowed to grind wheat without using animals and manpower.
In Arabic, the site is called Jerissa, since this was where an Arab village once existed. The Arab village of Jerissa stood here until the War of Independence. The name "Jerissa" means "thin flour", which means that the villagers were connected and even made a living from the flour mills that were located along the Yarkon River.
By the way, if you are a fan of birds, you can bird watch here and see an impressive variety of birds. There are also ducks and herons, kingfishers and egrets - they all go hang out here and fish for food.
Bon appetit as well!