Home > Findings > content

A 5,000-year-old brewery has been unearthed in southern Egypt. This may be the oldest known brewery.

5000-year-old brewery unearthed in Egypt

According to the Associated Press report on the 13th, the brewery was unearthed in the ancient cemetery of Abydos, more than 450 kilometers west of the capital Cairo.

Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the history of the brewery can be traced back to the reign of King Narmer. Narmer is believed to have unified Egypt at the beginning of the “First Dynasty” from 3150 BC to 2613 BC.

American and Egyptian archaeologists discovered eight wine-making units 20 meters long and 2.5 meters wide in the excavated land. Each unit was divided into two rows with about 40 pottery vessels. Waziri said the vessels were used to heat a mixture of grains and water to make wine.

Matthew Adams, an archaeologist at New York University in the United States, said that this brewery can brew 22,400 liters of beer at a time.

Adams said the beer produced by the brewery was apparently used in sacrificial rituals for the kings, and there has been previous evidence that ancient Egyptians used beer for ritual purposes.

British archaeologists discovered that there was a brewery in ancient Egypt as early as the early 20th century, but their exact location has never been found.

Featured Articles
picture loss