5,000-year-old "industrial-scale" brewery unearthed in Egypt
Archaeologists working in Egypt have uncovered "what is believed to be the oldest high-production brewery in the world," the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said Saturday. This undated image shows 5,000 year old vessels used to make beer that were recently discovered in Egypt. This is Egypt's, and perhaps the world's, earliest example of truly industrial-scale beer production. The Abydos brewery illustrates the level of resources available to Egyptian kings from the very beginning of pharaonic history, as well as their ability to organize the specialist labor necessary. It would seem, then, that in the north Abydos brewery, we have an industrial facility that could produce beer on this scale for royal ritual at the site.cbsnews.com
Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos
CAIRO – American and Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt, a top antiquities official said Saturday. The joint mission is co-chaired by Dr. Matthew Adams of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Deborah Vischak, assistant professor of ancient Egyptian art history and archaeology at Princeton University. AdAdams said the factory was apparently built in this area to provide royal rituals with beer, given that archaeologists found evidences showing the use of beer in sacrificial rites of ancient Egyptians. With its vast cemeteries and temples from the earliest times of ancient Egypt, Abydos was known for monuments honoring Osiris, ancient Egypt’s god of underworld and the deity responsible for judging souls in the afterlife. Egypt has announced dozens of ancient discoveries in the past couple of years, in the hope of attracting more tourists.