Wine Cellar Dating Back to the Bronze Age Discovered in Israel

Evidence indicates the wine drank in the Bronze Age was made with several additives

By Laura Sinpetru on August 28th, 2014 22:05 GMT

Back in 2013, archaeologists exploring a Bronze Age palace located in present-day Israel came across as many as 40 storage vessels that were all nestled together in one room.

Having studied these vessels, researchers concluded that, thousands of years ago, they served to hold wine. This means that the room inside which they were found is actually a cellar dating back to the Bronze Age.

While analyzing the 40 storage vessels, scientists found traces of honey, resin, oil, juniper, and even mint, myrtle, and cinnamon. This indicates that the wine drank thousands of years ago was made with several additives.

All things considered, chances are that these ingredients were added to wine both to enhance its flavor and to ensure that it would not go bad while it was kept in storage, Science Daily explains.

In fact, researchers have reasons to believe that people who lived in the Bronze Age knew exactly what to put in their wine to make it last longer, have an exquisite taste, and be the right kind of psychoactive.

“We believe this study will change our understanding of ancient viticulture and palatial social practices,” researcher Andrew Koh commented on the importance of this research project and its findings.
Researchers announce the discovery of a Bronze Age wine cellar in present-day Israel
   Researchers announce the discovery of a Bronze Age wine cellar in present-day Israel
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