Worlds Oldest Brewery Found in Israel

Archaeologists have found what they believe is the world’s oldest site for alcohol production, a study said Thursday, adding the beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies some 13,000 years ago. The site is located in the Raqefet cave south …

Archaeologists have found what they believe is the world’s oldest site for alcohol production, a study said Thursday, adding the beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies some 13,000 years ago. The site is located in the Raqefet cave south of Haifa in today’s northern Israel that also served as a burial site for the Natufian people. “If we’re right, this is the earliest testament in the world to alcohol production of any kind,” Dani Nadel, an archaeology professor at the University of Haifa and one of the authors of the article published in the “Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports”, told AFP. “We know what the Natufians did in the cave. They buried some of their dead on a platform of flowers and plants, and apparently also produced a soup-like liquid, an alcoholic drink.”

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