They highlight the cultural importance of beer in the rituals of ancient Egypt. It coincides with the emergence of the pharaonic state.
Perhaps someone has ever wondered: since when has the beer? There was never any doubt what a long time ago. In fact there are records that place the popular drink from 4,000 BC. However, artisan production, never before had the term better coined.
But the reality is that a recent discovery found a plant that produced industrially. According to calculations, it is 5,000 years old. A pharaonic beer, literally speaking.
Slash Gear review that the find was made by the teacher Deborah Vischak, who directs a project of archaeologists called North Abydos, of Princeton. It is so far the oldest known industrial-scale brewery. They say that the complex was prepared to provide beer to thousands of people, in a single batch.
Likewise, the aforementioned portal reviews that the Princeton worked with Egyptian archaeologists. The intention of this was to enter into context with the rich history of the territory in the Middle East. Thanks to the knowledge of the experts, they located the discovery in the midst of the emergence of the pharaonic state. That is, sometime in 3,000 BC.
Beer in history
The same site explains that by that time the production of beer was already known. However, they had never found evidence of industrial-scale production. So it is proof enough to understand the cultural importance of beer, back then of course.
« It was probably built to supply the funerary cults of the first kings of Egypt. In these rituals were performed to worship them as divine figures. And thus sustain them in the land of the dead, » he said Matthew adams, co-author of the project.
The Princeton portal makes an explanation in which it says that the brewery was located on the edge of the desert. Specifically in an area of the extreme north that is known as ancient Abydos.
About the facilities they detailed:
Each installation contained some 40 large ceramic tubs, arranged in two rows and supported by rings of sun-dried clay struts, or « fire legs. » The vats were used for simmering, or « mashing, » a thick mixture of grain and water that was then filtered and fermented. «