2,000-year-old liquor unearthed from tomb
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.