China gives new meaning to old wine
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