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The world’s oldest paycheck was cashed in beer
New Scientist ^

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. It’s the world’s oldest known payslip.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; huntergatherers; oenology; zymurgy
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Homer Simpson approves.
1 posted on 06/29/2016 7:23:28 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
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People ate beer from a bowl back then I guess


2 posted on 06/29/2016 7:27:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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..... 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.


3 posted on 06/29/2016 7:27:48 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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Did they mention that in a few areas, beer had natural tetracycline in it, which improved resistance to diseases?


4 posted on 06/29/2016 7:28:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: ameribbean expat

Ok. Ya got me. Ya got the tater.


5 posted on 06/29/2016 7:32:14 PM PDT by Eddie01
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They sure it just wasn’t a bar tab?

They are also trying to imply some sort of socialism, too.
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 . . . ?
6 posted on 06/29/2016 7:36:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ameribbean expat

Of course it was! Even if they paid in cash it would have been spent on beer. And for damn good reason.


7 posted on 06/29/2016 7:36:26 PM PDT by Bullish (Blame others for your failures? Take credits where none are do? Who made you Pharoh?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Obviously you have gazed upon said film!


8 posted on 06/29/2016 7:39:06 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: ameribbean expat
We're more advanced these days. Now we have to think of things other than beer, such as cups to put the beer into and refrigerators to chill it. Recently translated from the cuneiform is a song about it:

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

9 posted on 06/29/2016 7:42:51 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Work has been the curse of the drinking class from way back.


10 posted on 06/29/2016 7:48:02 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G. K. Chesterton))
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“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?


11 posted on 06/29/2016 7:53:27 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Hieronymus

It does insert itself at the most inopportune times.


12 posted on 06/29/2016 7:54:07 PM PDT by ameribbean expat
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More importantly...

Dr. Demento ~ In Heaven There is No Beer

13 posted on 06/29/2016 7:55:56 PM PDT by PROCON (Americans First or Terrorists First - Choose in November)
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Time to watch it again

https://vimeo.com/23278902


14 posted on 06/29/2016 8:03:41 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: ameribbean expat

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...


15 posted on 06/29/2016 8:05:37 PM PDT by sdpatriot ("Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.")
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“Homer Simpson approves.”

So do I. ;)


16 posted on 06/29/2016 8:20:23 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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see post 14


17 posted on 06/29/2016 8:22:34 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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18 posted on 06/29/2016 8:32:49 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Eddie01

Nothing to do with the oldest profession I take it?


19 posted on 06/29/2016 8:53:24 PM PDT by George Washington Axe
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They probably didn’t take checks (or beer for payment.)


20 posted on 06/29/2016 8:56:01 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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