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Ancient pottery harbors 5,000-year-old beer recipe

May 29, 2016

“Ancient pottery vessels, dating to 3400-2900 BC, contained a fermented mixture of barley, broomcorn millets, and other starchy plants. It is the earliest direct evidence of beer brewing in ancient China, the authors say.

‘Beer was probably an important part of ritual feasting in ancient China,’ says study author Jiajing Wang of Stanford University. ‘So it’s possible that this finding of beer is associated with increased social complexity and changing events of the time.’ — Megan Scudellari, Journal Club

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