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Archaeologists Virtually Recreate Ancient Egyptian Brewery
ancient-origins.net ^ | 8-7-2013 | April Holloway

Posted on 08/11/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT by Renfield

A Polish archaeologist at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Archaeology has made a 3D reconstruction of a 5,500-year-old brewing installation which was found at Tell el-Farcha, an archaeological site in Egypt dating back to approximately 3700 BC when it functioned as a centre of local Lower Egyptian Culture. The virtual reconstruction has brought to life the ancient scene in which Egyptians practiced a traditional form of beer making.

The reconstruction was created based on preserved structures of similar analogous buildings at both Tell el-Farcha and other brewing centres in Upper Egypt. The Tell el-Farcha brewery, the oldest ever brewery found in the region, covers an area about 3.4 by 4 metres and consists of three vat pits separated from each other by low, narrow walls, and all surrounded by a wall with a height of up to 60 cm. The vessels for brewing beer were placed on a solid clay base which was surrounded by a clay ring with a clear break.

"The purpose of this solution was probably better air circulation, which in turn would allow better control of constant temperature. Such base was usually surrounded with two concentric rows of bricks with D-shaped cross-section, designed to sustain the vessel", explained archaeologist Karolina Rosińska-Balik.

Beer was part of the daily diet of Egyptian Pharaohs over 5,000 years ago. Then, it was made from baked barley bread, and was also used in religious practices. But the role of beer in Egyptian society was far greater than just a drink. Often, beer was prescribed to treat various illnesses. It was also considered to be the most appropriate gift to give to Egyptian Pharaohs, and was offered as a sacrifice to the gods

"The oldest record that mentions beer is a list of grave goods found on the stele in the tomb of the third dynasty belonging to Sekherhabau - almost five thousand years old, and thanks to our excavations, we know that the tradition goes back even further into the history of Egypt", said Rosińska-Balik.

The oldest previously found brewery is also located in Egypt, at the site Hieraconpolis, and is connected to the Nagada culture. However, the oldest references to beer making come from the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia in the form of a 6,000-year-old Sumerian tablet depicting people drinking a beverage through reed straws from a communal bowl. The oldest surviving beer recipe can be found in a 3,900-year-old ancient Sumerian poem honouring Ninkasi, the goddess of brewing, fertility and the harvest.


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; beer; brewing; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; zymurgy

1 posted on 08/11/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 08/11/2013 10:37:32 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

So what did their beer taste like? Coors? Buttwiser? Schlutz?


3 posted on 08/11/2013 10:41:25 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Renfield
offered as a sacrifice to the gods

Thank God for beer!

4 posted on 08/11/2013 10:42:00 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Renfield

Was this the brewery where Noah got his beer from?


5 posted on 08/11/2013 10:43:45 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Renfield

Yes but how did they get it frosty?


6 posted on 08/11/2013 10:44:41 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Renfield
The oldest record that mentions beer is a list of grave goods found on the stele in the tomb of the third dynasty belonging to Sekherhabau

Sekherhabrau -- From the Clay Bottle or Imhotap

7 posted on 08/11/2013 10:49:00 AM PDT by mikrofon (% In the Afterlife, there is no Beer ... %)
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To: Argus
Yes but how did they get it frosty?

An ancient ancestor of Jon Taffer installed a device that would dispense the beer at just the right temperature(after he called out the owner and fired some of the staff.)

8 posted on 08/11/2013 11:02:09 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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9 posted on 08/11/2013 11:40:34 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: RedMDer

Now we know why the Ancient Egyptians were great! Beer! Workers who labored on the pyramids could drink as much beer as they wanted!


10 posted on 08/11/2013 12:13:20 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: mikrofon

Now that’s funny!


11 posted on 08/11/2013 12:35:46 PM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: Renfield

think i’ll get virtually drunk tonight. will i have a virtual hangover?


12 posted on 08/11/2013 2:01:46 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

13 posted on 08/13/2013 7:40:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: bravo whiskey

Virtually guaranteed...


14 posted on 08/13/2013 7:57:43 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? Soon we'll have both!)
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