Skip to comments.Humans have been drinking beer for 11,500 years
Posted on 01/01/2013 10:38:04 AM PST by Renfield
(Abstract of article only):
|The role of cult and feasting in the emergence of Neolithic communities. New evidence from Göbekli Tepe, south-eastern Turkey|
|1Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orient-Abteilung, Podbielskiallee 69–71, D-14195 Berlin, Germany (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org), 2Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Aas, Norway (Email: email@example.com), and 3Technische Universität München, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Weihenstephaner Steig 20, D-85354 Freising, Germany (Email: Martin.Zarnkow@wzw.tum.de)
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Göbekli Tepe is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times, pushing back the origins of monumentality beyond the emergence of agriculture. We are pleased to present a summary of work in progress by the excavators of this remarkable site and their latest thoughts about its role and meaning. At the dawn of the Neolithic, hunter-gatherers congregating at Göbekli Tepe created social and ideological cohesion through the carving of decorated pillars, dancing, feasting—and, almost certainly, the drinking of beer made from fermented wild crops.
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Gobleki Tepe is dated to about 11,500 years ago.
And oops, sorry, that age figure should have been 11,000 years, not 11,500 years.
Time for Toby Keith to come up with more verses.
The abstract doesn’t include this, but in the full article there is mention of a brewing trough that the archaeologists reckon could have held up to 400 gallons of beer. Maybe Gobekli Tepe was just a big party spot. (I found that bit about the beer trough quoted in another article referencing the scientific paper.)
"hold muh beer..."
And a little YouTube video for those who who might be interested. How Beer Saved The World!
Sounds like an alcoholic to me.
A 400-gallon beer trough. Man, I gotta get one of those for the rumpus room. BTT.
Man... I remember opening cans with an opener like that. I was a kid and they were coke cans... but I hadn’t thought about that in years. Big hole to drink out of.. and smaller one for air. Wow...
Looks like I’ve got a lot of catching up to do :)
You drink that much beer and you're bound to lose track of time!
When I was a kid, practically every used car you bought came with a churchkey in the glove compartment, for the convenience of the new owner.
Which means guys have been doing stupid and dangerous stunts for 11,499 years. :)
“. . . that age figure should have been 11,000 years . . .”
11,000 years. Never gets old, does it?
Ich bin ein Biertrinker
...and women have been complaining about men drinking beer for just as long....
I remember being allowed to open a steel can with a church key all by myself (and doing it right) it as something of a rite of passage.
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