The Oldest Wine Jars From Egyptian Scorpion King's Tomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oldest Wine Jars From Egypt Scorpion King Tomb
Wine may have been the beverage drunk by the people and including the King of Egypt, since thousands of years ago. At the tomb of King Scorpion I, one of the first pharaohs of Egypt, archeologists found the oldest wine jar aged 5000 years. The researchers report their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

However, alcoholic beverages of wine may used not just to get drunken. because, in the bottom of jar was found residue from other materials. For example, plants, herbs, resin, and other natural substances.


Ancient population of Egypt is believed to herb expert and use the herb as a treatment. Wine used to make materials are easily dissolved and separate the alkaloid substances from the plant that are useful for treatment.

"In addition to the the fact that those additive materials is tasty, they can get a lot of additional benefits to improve their health," said Professor Patrick McGovern, archeologists from the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Professor McGovern has started a collaboration with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, testing compounds found in ancient fermented beverages from China, including the earliest chemically confirmed alcoholic beverage in the world, dated to 7000BC.

This oldest wine jar findings also provide new facts that this culture is developed hundreds of years earlier from the original estimates. Previous evidence shown from oldest papyrus painting aged 1850 years. Thus, the use of wine was over 1500 years older.
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