5,000-year-old brewery, possibly world’s oldest, discovered in Egypt
A high-production brewery claimed to be more than 5,000 years old is found in the Egyptian-American group.
A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said on Saturday.
The brewery likely dates back to the era of King Narmer, it quoted the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziry, as saying, adding it believed the find to “be the oldest high-production brewery in the world.”
Narmer, who ruled more than 5,000 years ago, founded the First Dynasty and unified Upper and Lower Egypt.
Archaeologist Matthew Adams of New York University, who heads the joint mission with Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, said studies have shown that beer was produced at a large scale, with about 22,400 litres made at a time.
On a construction site in Tel Aviv, pieces of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years were uncovered, the Israeli Antiquities Authority reported in 2015.
Egypt has announced several major new discoveries which it hopes will spur tourism, a sector which has suffered multiple blows from a 2011 uprising to the coronavirus pandemic.