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Archaeologists may have unearthed world’s oldest brewery

Humans might have started to enjoy a cold one some 13,000 years ago, according to new evidence discovered by an international team of archaeologists at a cave burial site near Haifa, Israel. The researchers were looking for artifacts from the Natufian people, an ancient group of seminomadic hunter-gatherers already known for producing some of the world’s oldest bread, when they found traces of alcohol in stone mortars carved into the cave floor, BBC reports. The discovery challenges previous evidence that put the advent of beer brewing some 5000 years ago, and refutes the theory that beer was just a byproduct of making bread, the scientists report in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. Beer might have been enjoyed in ritual feasts in remembrance of the dead, the researchers say, and unlike today’s microbrews, would have had a porridgelike consistency.

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