#AceHistory2Research – An ancient wine cellar, believed to be the oldest discovered so far, has been uncovered by a team of U.S. and Israeli archaeologists.
The cellar, found among the ruins of a palace in Tel Kabri, Israel, dates back almost 4,000 years. It contains 40 amphorae-like jars, which each held 50 litres of sweet wine – and the residue left inside hints at the recipe enjoyed at the time.
Professor Eric Cline, chair of the department of classical and near eastern languages and civilisations at the university, said the team first came across a three-foot long jug, which they named ‘Bessie’.
‘This is a hugely significant discovery – it’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in age and size.’
The group made the discovery at the 75-acre Tel Kabri site in Israel – the ruins of a northern Canaanite city – and said the cellar held the equivalent of 3,000 of today’s bottles of red and white wine.
He found traces of tartaric and syringic acid, which are both key components in wine.
Dr Koh also discovered compounds suggesting ingredients popular in ancient wine-making, including honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins.
The recipe is similar to medicinal wines used in ancient Egypt for two thousand years.
He said: ‘This wasn’t moonshine that someone was brewing in their basement, eyeballing the measurements.
‘This wine’s recipe was strictly followed in each and every jar.’
Courtesy of: Daily Mail