Archaeologists discover a very ancient brewery in Egypt

Archaeologists discover a very ancient brewery in Egypt

Did the ancient Egyptians drink beer? Probably yes, according to the recent discoveries of scholars and to what is reported by the CNN website (you can read the full article at this link). In fact, some archaeologists have discovered a huge brewery dating back to five thousand years ago, in the ancient city of Abydos, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The brewery was located in Sohag Governorate in Egypt and probably dates back to the reign of King Narmer, around 3100 BC. Dr. Matthew Adams of New York University, the researcher at the site of the find, said scholars believe that beer was used in burial rituals for the first Egyptian kings. Previous excavations in the area had found evidence that beer was used during sacrificial rites.

The ancient brewery was divided into eight large sections for the production of this "sacred nectar", each containing forty clay pots used to heat mixtures of cereals and water, according to what was declared by Dr. Mostafa Waziry, secretary General of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities. The brewery could have produced up to twenty-two thousand liters of beer at a time, Adams said. Officials are eager to showcase the newly discovered artifacts as they try to track visitor numbers after the Egyptian tourism industry took a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic that had disastrous consequences for everything. the sector.

In fact, international flights were suspended in March along with the closure of archaeological sites and museums. The number of tourists visiting the country dropped from thirteen million in 2019 to three and a half million in 2020. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its forecast for tourism spending in Egypt in fiscal 2020 by $ 17. 8 billion to $ 2.7 billion, another bad news for the entire tourism sector which in Egypt is one of the major attractions of the country.

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