Monday, November 07, 2016

Iron Age Beer

Turning away from the frustrating political scene, we see this interesting article where archaeologists have unearthed a grave site containing beer.
A team of researchers worked with a brewery in Milwaukee to recreate an ancient beer from remnants of the alcoholic beverage that were found at an Iron Age burial site in Germany, reported Milwaukee Public Radio (WUWM). Though the acidic soil had dissolved the skeleton, archaeologists found metal weapons and a cauldron at the burial site.
 The cauldron, which dates back to between 400 B.C. to 450 B.C., was full of an ancient mead when it was buried, according to study leader Bettina Arnold, an archaeologist and anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 
The scientists analyzed the cauldron and found that it held mead.  Through their analysis and working with brewers (this is Milwaukee, after all) established a recipe to recreate the brew. Beer, of course, is one of the oldest lubricants of our civilization, stretching across cultures and centuries to advance human civilization.  I can't recall one serious ancient society that hadn't learned to brew beer.

While I don't drink beer as much as I used to, I celebrate beer for it's salubrious nature, its contribution to civilization, and its adaptation to various cultures.  Beer exists because God loves us, and wants us to be happy in His creation.

Indeed, Tuck, indeed.

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