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Archaeologists make startling discovery at ancient Sussita: A beer bottlecap
Haaretz ^ | September 24, 2013 | Ran Shapira

Posted on 09/28/2013 7:15:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

An unexpected discovery awaited a team of Israeli archaeologists in a drainage canal dating from roughly 2,000 years ago: an aluminum bottlecap. From a beer bottle.

No, the good people of ancient Sussita weren't producing aluminum metal. The meaning of the startling discovery is that millennia after its construction, the drainage canal was still working, centuries after the city's final destruction by earthquake.

Made of aluminum and feather-light, the bottle-cap floated on rainwater that washed into the canal, says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, head of an Israeli archaeological team digging the site.

This canal, or less romantically -- a sewer, passed beneath the floor of the public bathhouse being excavated in the city, which the Greeks called Antiochia Hippos. Its end was discovered several hundred meters away by Eisenberg and his team.

The archaeologists believe this remarkably robust sewage system drained effluent from a postulated public toilet near the bathhouse. If the sewer's upper opening is found, the public toilet will be found as well, Aizenberg postulates.

Happily for historians, the Sussita sewer system contained not only a beer bottlecap but much more. For instance several hundred bronze coins, swollen and rusted from eons of exposure to urine, were also found inside.

Ten dice made of bone found near the coins provided further evidence of the sewer's function: Eisenberg believes that the city's inhabitants gambled with dice as they sat in the bathroom. Just as latter-day man accidently drops his phone into the john, thus the people of yore apparently let coins and dice fall into the sewer.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; antiochiahippos; beer; godsgravesglyphs; letshavejerusalem; sussita; tuborg; zymurgy
The view of and from Sussita. Photo by Dr. Michael Eisenberg

The view of and from Sussita. Photo by Dr. Michael Eisenberg

1 posted on 09/28/2013 7:15:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/275338

Beer Cap Found Embedded in Archeological Excavation

8/28/2013 / Elul 22, 5773

Arutz Sheva

The cap for a bottle of Tuborg beer was discovered in a archeological excavation conducted by Haifa University. On Wednesday archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa announcement they found the contemporary item discarded inside ancient stone architecture. It was discovered in Hippos, a Roman city that once existed near the Sea of Galilee. It was known in Aramaic and Hebrew as Sussita. Archeologists are not sure how the beer cap ended up in what ostensibly was a sealed location for the past 2,000 years. They believe the beer cap possibly floated into the ruins of a drainage canal during a period when water still flowed. Tuborg is a common brand of beer distributed in Israel.


2 posted on 09/28/2013 7:16:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 09/28/2013 7:16:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So everyone discounts someone having a beer nearby?? I’m sure they’re all over the earth.


4 posted on 09/28/2013 7:17:22 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv

Had to be Tuborg. LOL Just had to be.


5 posted on 09/28/2013 7:21:00 AM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: SunkenCiv

6 posted on 09/28/2013 7:22:34 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I've always loved beer...old beer, new beer, my beer!

FMCDH(BITS)

7 posted on 09/28/2013 7:40:01 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who would have thought - urine makes bronze SWELL!!!


8 posted on 09/28/2013 7:47:34 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: SunkenCiv

Damn time travelers leaving their trash all over the place. At least it wasn’t Heineken.


9 posted on 09/28/2013 7:48:05 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Next thing you know they’ll find a Kosher pizza box.


10 posted on 09/28/2013 7:51:56 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of 0bama’s America)
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To: SunkenCiv

How long before we see on TV, it must have been ancient aliens?”


11 posted on 09/28/2013 7:53:17 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
How long before we see on TV, it must have been ancient aliens?”

Well, the beer bottle cap may explain why UFO's crash.

12 posted on 09/28/2013 7:56:15 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s hard to find a postulated public toilet, when you really need to go. Sometimes they’re just not there.


13 posted on 09/28/2013 8:03:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Noumenon

One point twenty one gigawatts!


14 posted on 09/28/2013 8:16:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts; UCANSEE2

Oh, yeah, like it *wasn’t*. ;’)


15 posted on 09/28/2013 8:17:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: BenLurkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvAtWuYUIQw


16 posted on 09/28/2013 8:18:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: patton
What? No Maccabee?...
 photo maccabee-beer-online-1370231315_zpsf5b09e37.jpg
17 posted on 09/28/2013 8:18:41 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: SunkenCiv

They’re digging in an ancient sewer. I’ll bet they find some interesting s**t there.


18 posted on 09/28/2013 8:27:58 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

And a few buckskin condoms maybe.


19 posted on 09/28/2013 8:34:40 AM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: SunkenCiv

20 posted on 09/28/2013 8:41:56 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: SunkenCiv

A metal object (alum still counts as metal, right?) floats feather lightly upon the waters of a ditch into a sealed stone building?

Oh those archeologists. They say the darnedest things.

Occam’s razor says it was put there by a time traveling angel of the Lord which happened to have a taste for Tuborg beer.


21 posted on 09/28/2013 8:59:49 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv
Eisenberg believes that the city's inhabitants gambled with dice as they sat in the bathroom.

Sure, a public restroom is at the top of my fav places to play dice. Not! That guy is full of bs.

22 posted on 09/28/2013 9:29:29 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: PowderMonkey
Or . . .


23 posted on 09/28/2013 9:46:29 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Was the beer bought by FOOD STAMPS?? It looks like an Area where Obama’s supporters live in the US.


24 posted on 09/28/2013 9:57:43 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: UCANSEE2
Well, the beer bottle cap may explain why UFO's crash.

Musta been whre they held one o' those Space Shriner conventions.


25 posted on 09/28/2013 11:47:52 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

has Tuborg been the brand of beer endorsed by Pharaohs for 2,000 years?


26 posted on 09/28/2013 11:52:15 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: bgill

They had a very very different culture back then I guess


27 posted on 09/28/2013 11:53:50 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: UCANSEE2

Hah.... :-)


28 posted on 09/28/2013 12:58:26 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Made of aluminum and feather-light, the bottle-cap floated on rainwater that washed into the canal"

Good story, except that aluminum doesn't float, and beer bottle caps are made of steel. Aluminum is too weak to hold the pressure.

29 posted on 09/28/2013 5:29:50 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: SunkenCiv

So the Vikings were making Tuborg earlier than thought; and brought it with them when they were fighting as mercenaries in the Byzantine Period?


30 posted on 09/28/2013 10:53:46 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

After a long day of pillaging, they just wanted to kick back and have a beer, usually poured into and drunk out of the defleshed cranium of a vanquished enemy.


31 posted on 09/29/2013 3:12:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: norwaypinesavage

Nowhere does it say that the caps were floating, they were merely washed down the pipe. And aluminum is also used in beer bottling; in my childhood canned beverages shipped in lined steel cans, most stuff sold was in glass; aluminum cans for carbonated soft drinks didn’t catch on in Michigan until the early 1970s. That was around the same time the bottlers here stopped operating their own systems for deposits on bottles and the cases they came in, replaced by a single gubmint “bottle bill” system.


32 posted on 09/29/2013 3:16:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Grimmy

Water also moves boulders. But hey, no one could fault a time traveling angel of the Lord for stopping for a wee nip.


33 posted on 09/29/2013 3:21:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: 1010RD; blueunicorn6; MaxMax; bgill; GeronL

The Romans (and their Romanized conquests) did pretty much everything in the public baths, including bathing (heh), exercise, scraping with the strigel, hitting the head, possibly even hair removal of different kinds, and, even though the public baths were kept gender-separated, having the enjoyment from prostitutes. It’s surprising they ever came out of there.


34 posted on 09/29/2013 3:24:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

35 posted on 09/29/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not all of them were gender-separated, all the time I bet.

You can also imagine Senators selling out their votes to lobbyists there. lol


36 posted on 09/29/2013 3:37:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

Ah, but water doesn’t move boulders through a stone wall into a sealed room!

Ipso facto, my explanation is cooler.

Q.E.D.: I win!

PS. I have no clue what either ipso facto or QED mean, but they sounded nifty and smart so...


37 posted on 09/30/2013 12:38:59 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: GeronL
One Borg...
 
Two Borg...

38 posted on 09/30/2013 11:47:48 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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