2,000-year-old liquor un­earthed from tomb

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have un­earthed a bronze ket­tle con­tain­ing liquor from a tomb dat­ing back more than 2,000 years in western China’s Shaanxi prov­ince. The ket­tle is a sac­ri­fi­cial ves­sel. It was among 260 items un­earthed from a grave­yard of com­mon­ers’ tombs from the Qin Dy­nasty (221-206 BC). Most of the relics were for worship rit­u­als. Xu Wei­hong, a re­searcher with the provin­cial arche­o­log­i­cal in­sti­tute, says about 300 milliliters of liquor was found in the ket­tle, which had its open­ing sealed with nat­u­ral fibers. The liquor is a trans­par­ent, milky white. Re­searchers be­lieve it was made us­ing fer­men­ta­tion tech­niques. Re­searchers need to fur­ther study the liquor to bet­ter un­der­stand the brew­ing tech­nol­ogy and wine-drink­ing cul­ture in Xianyang, the an­cient cap­i­tal of the Qin Dy­nasty.

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