Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Scientists Discover a 6,100 Year-Old Winemaking Operation.

Why am I not surprising to learn that our ancient ancestors liked to booze it up.  A recent discovery by archaeologists has proven just that - humans love to drink.
The 6,100 year-old 'winemaking operation' was discovered within an Armenian cave revealing a variety of clay storage jars, clay bowls, a vat for fermenting and a drinking cup made from an animal horn. It is the earliest wine production facility found yet...

Stefan K. Estreicher, a professor at Texas Tech University and author of "Wine: From Neolithic Times to the 21st Century," said the Armenian discovery shows "how important it was to them" to make wine because "they spent a lot of time and effort to build a facility to use only once a year" when grapes were harvested.
The wine was probably used for ritual purposes, as burial sites were seen nearby in the cave. [Excavation co-director] Dr. [Gregory] Areshian said at least eight bodies had been found so far, including a child, a woman, bones of elderly men and, in ceramic vessels, skulls of three adolescents (one still containing brain tissue).

By the looks of this discovery it supports the fact we humans love our wine and to this day, 6,100 years later, are still drinking and trying to perfect it..... mmmmmmmm W-I-N-E..... :)

via gawker

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