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Cocktail archaeology

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This University of Pennsylvania scholar is figuring out, and recreating, the drinks served in ancient Greece.

"Patrick [McGovern], who is something of a forensic mixologist, follows chemical clues and uses advanced processes to analyze ancient organic compounds and identify recipes. So far, bioarchaeologists have discovered the rice wines of ancient China, and Japan, barley beer and grape wine from the Middle East, corn beers of the Americas, and the elite cacao or chocolate fruit drink of the New World."

 

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I once pulled a bottle from a dig at a first century legionary fortress.  Sadly it was empty.  The bottle that is.

 

 

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