China gives new mean­ing to old wine

The Citizen (KZN) - - SNAPCHAT -

Bei­jing – Arche­ol­o­gists in cen­tral China be­lieve they have un­earthed a 2 000-year-old pot of wine that had been sealed and buried in a tomb.

About 3.5 litres of the yel­low liq­uid, which of­fi­cials said smelled strongly of Chi­nese wine when they poured it out, was dis­cov­ered in a bronze pot in He­nan prov­ince, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported.

The liq­uid will be sent for fur­ther tests to con­firm its al­co­holic con­tent, said Shi Ji­azhen, head of the In­sti­tute of Cul­tural Relics and Ar­chae­ol­ogy in Luoyang City.

A lamp in the shape of a wild goose has also been found in the tomb, Shi said, along with hu­man re­mains be­long­ing to the tomb’s oc­cu­pant.

The wine is be­lieved to date to back to the West­ern Han Dy­nasty (202 BC to AD 8), although the Xin­hua re­port did not de­tail how it had been sealed and kept from evap­o­rat­ing.

But there have been other sim­i­lar al­co­holic dis­cov­er­ies from that pe­riod, where liquor made from rice or sorghum were a big part of cer­e­monies and ri­tu­als, Xin­hua re­ported. – AFP

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