Skip to comments.The world’s oldest paycheck was cashed in beer
Posted on 06/29/2016 7:23:28 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
On one tablet excavated from the area we can see a human head eating from a bowl, meaning ration, and a conical vessel, meaning beer. Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker. Its the worlds oldest known payslip.
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People ate beer from a bowl back then I guess
..... One of my favorite documentaries is entitled “How Beer Saved the World.” This was actually covered in it even though it was produced back in 2011. In other words .... This ain’t new news .... it’s olds.
Did they mention that in a few areas, beer had natural tetracycline in it, which improved resistance to diseases?
Ok. Ya got me. Ya got the tater.
Çatalhöyük, in what is now Turkey, was one of the first towns. Houses and human remains dating from its foundation some 9,000 years ago are all very similar, suggesting equality. Everyone was involved in small-scale farming or hunting, says Ian Hodder, an anthropologist at Stanford University in California who has excavated at Çatalhöyük since 1993. No one owned the land, and produce was shared.And they know that because . . . ?
Of course it was! Even if they paid in cash it would have been spent on beer. And for damn good reason.
Obviously you have gazed upon said film!
Do, the stuff that buys me beer
Ray, the guy who sells me beer,
Me, the guy who drinks the beer,
Fa, a long way to get beer,
So, I think I'll have a beer,
La, la la la la la beer
Ti, no thanks, I'm drinking beer,
That will bring us back to - DOH!
Homer Simpson, Sumerian nuclear engineer
Work has been the curse of the drinking class from way back.
“Houses and human remains dating from its foundation some 9000 years ago are all very similar, suggesting equality. Everyone was involved in small-scale farming or hunting, says Ian Hodder, an anthropologist at Stanford University in California who has excavated at Çatalhöyük since 1993. No one owned the land, and produce was shared. The residents of this city are unlikely to have considered their daily chores work, says Hodder. My view is that they would see it as just part of their daily activities, along with cooking, rituals and feasts that were such an important part of their lives.”
Hodder got all of that above from the fact that the ruins showed uniform dwellings? You don’t suppose Hodder’s socialism is projecting do you?
It does insert itself at the most inopportune times.
Time to watch it again
hmmm... pretty sure it was salt.
it’s where we get the phrase “he ain’t worth his salt”
not bothering to look it up right now..... besides beer and salt go good together anyhoo...
“Homer Simpson approves.”
So do I. ;)
see post 14
Nothing to do with the oldest profession I take it?
They probably didn’t take checks (or beer for payment.)
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