Researchers say they have found the world’s oldest brewery, with residue of 13,000-year-old beer, in a prehistoric cave near Haifa in Israel.
The discovery was made while they were studying a burial site for semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers.
Brewing beer was thought to go back 5,000 years, but the latest discovery may turn beer history on its head.
The findings also suggest beer was not necessarily a surplus of making bread as previously thought.
The researchers say they cannot tell which came first, and in October’s issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, they suggest the beer was brewed for ritual feasts to honour the dead.
“This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world,” Li Liu, a Stanford University professor who led the research team, told Stanford News.
Ms Liu said they were looking for clues into what plant foods the Natufian people – who lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods – were eating, and during the search they discovered the traces of a wheat-and-barley-based alcohol.
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SOURCE: BBC News