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The Archaeology of Beer: Around the World in 13,000 Years
February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm EST
1509 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383 United States
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Valparaiso
Lecturer: John W. Arthur
This talk looks at the evidence of beer in the archaeological record from China, Egypt, Nubia, Mesopotamia, and the Americas and whether beer may have been a factor in the domestication of grains. In addition to the archaeological evidence, I’ll discuss the importance of beer among many indigenous societies for daily food but also as a ritual lubricant during feasts. My ethnoarchaeological and archaeological research from southwestern Ethiopia documents how we can decipher beer in the archaeological record.