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World’s Oldest Beer Factory Discovered In Egypt

The discovery in Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Egypt withstands the statement of ancient Egypt being the first civilizations to perfect the art of brewing beer

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EGYPT: Historians have unearthed a huge beer brewery in Abydos, Egypt that dates back to 5,000 years ago. According to the reports, it is believed that around 3150 BC to 2612 BC, Egypt was under the reign of King Narmer. Abydos is the necropolis of ancient Egypt where all the old and treasured monuments are collectively found.

In the vast beer production zone, the remains of 40 giant earthenware pots were unearthed. The factory is believed to have been divided into 8 units and was laid out in two rows withal. Each unit is about 20 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. Moreover, the discovered pots were assumably used for heating grains and water together.

Remains of the earthen pots. Photo Credit: Twitter
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In addition, the primitive factory perhaps provided mind-altering booze to all the major cities in ancient Egypt.

The 40 pottery vats altogether had the capacity to make more than 22,400 liters of beer at a time.

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Prominence of beer in the Ancient Egyptian lifestyle

The discovery in Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Egypt withstands the statement of ancient Egypt being the first civilizations to perfect the art of brewing beer. Beer has been a part of Egypt not only as food but also as part of their rituals.

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Tenenit is regarded as the ‘Goddess of beer’ in Egypt. Interestingly, the most popular beer in Egypt was Hequet, a honey-flavored beverage.

According to the historians, Egyptians from ancient times discovered beer and didn’t invent it.

The process that is now called beer brewing began in Mesopotamia at the Godin Tepe settlement, now in modern time Iraq. Dating back to 3500 BC to 3100 BC. Similar to the brewing method in Mesopotamia, in Egypt, women initiated the brewing process in their own homes. They produced a thick product, which was then brewed by the men in the brewery.

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