A team of archaeologists have recently discovered the world’s oldest beer factory in Egypt. The brewery sits around 11 kilometres west of the Nile river at a site in Abydos. By Kumar Shree
While historians have long labelled Egyptians as the firsts to perfect the art of brewing beer, they’ve now found evidence to back the claim. A team of Egyptian and American archaeologists have recently discovered a brewery in Abydos, Egypt. The site has eight massive beer units and pottery basins. These are the same pots wherein mixtures of grains and water were once fermented to produce beer. The beer units are around 20 metres long, and two-and-a-half metres wide.
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As per historians, the site dates back to about 5,000 years when King Narmer reigned over the region. Notably, the city where the brewery has been found once served as the burial grounds for ancient monarchs.
As per multiple media reports, Matthew Adams of New York University, one of the researchers leading the team, suggests that the brewery, in its glorious days, was capable 0f producing as much as 22,400 litres of beer at a time. Findings also suggest that beer was not only a popular drink among Egyptians, but was also used for sacrificial practices. Moreover, the drink was also considered a necessity in ancient Egypt, especially for workers who built the pyramids of Giza. These workers ordinarily had a daily ration of around 10 pints of beer each.
Interestingly, British archaeologists had earlier proposed the existence of such a factory in the 1900s itself. However, they were unable to find out the exact location at the time.
Well, now you have another adventure to add to your bucket list when planning a trip to Egypt. After all, who would not want to explore the oldest brewery in the world!