A long wait for a beer

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

AR­CHAE­OL­O­GISTS have found what they be­lieve is the world’s old­est site for al­co­hol pro­duc­tion, adding the beer­like bev­er­age may have been served in cer­e­monies some 13,000 years ago.

The site is lo­cated in the Raqe­fet cave, south of Haifa in northern Is­rael, which also served as a burial site for the Natu­fian peo­ple.

“If we’re right, this is the ear­li­est tes­ta­ment in the world to al­co­hol pro­duc­tion of any kind,” Dani Nadel, an ar­chae­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Haifa, said. A small pit carved into the sur­face of the cave was used for pound­ing and brew­ing grains ahead of fer­men­ta­tion, the study found. It’s thought the drink was “con­nected to the cer­e­monies”.

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