The oldest large-scale beer production in the world may have been discovered by American and Egyptian scientists in the famous archeological site of Abydos in Egypt. This was reported by the AP agency, referring to the head of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiques, Mustafa Vaziri.
According to Vazirí, the brewery dates back to the time of King Narmer, who is known for the unification of Egypt at the beginning of the early dynastic period (3150-2686 BC). He was found in a burial site in Abydos, which lies in the desert, about 450 kilometers south of the capital Cairo.
Archaeologists have found eight giant “production units” on the site, each 20 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. In each of these units, there were about 40 large ceramic bowls in two rows. These were used in the production of beer to heat a mixture of grain and water, said Vazíri.
The brewery was built in the area to provide beer for sacrificial rituals. Archaeologists have found evidence of the use of beer in the sacrificial rituals of the ancient Egyptians earlier, said one of the heads of archaeological research, Matthew Adams of New York University. According to Adams, 22,400 liters of beer could be produced in Abydos “at once”.
In 2018, BBC News reported that perhaps the oldest brewery in the world with the remnants of a 13,000-year-old beer was discovered by scientists in a prehistoric cave in Israel near the city of Haifa during a survey of the burial grounds of semi-nomadic hunters and Stone Age gatherers.
Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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