Abstract: The Archaeology of Beer

Beer brewing and drinking are old traditions. Some archaeologists think that Near Eastern cereals were domesticated due to the desire to have the grain for beer, rather than the traditional bread.  Even if this is not strictly true, we do have growing evidence of beer brewing in the archaeological record from around the world.  Some of these examples, from Egypt and Peru, will be presented to illustrate how ubiquitous such a tradition has been.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Arnold, John P. 2005 [1911]. Origin and History of Beer and Brewing: From Prehistoric Times to the Beginning of Brewing Science and Technology. Cleveland, Ohio: Beer Books.

Eames, Alan D. 1995. Secret Life of Beer: Legends, Lore & Little-Known Facts Pownat, VT: Storey Communications.

Hastorf, Christine A and Sissel Johannessen, 1993 Pre-Hispanic political change and the role of maize in the central Andes of Peru.  American Anthropologist 95(1):115-138.

Katz, SH, MM Voigt ,1986, Bread and Beer: The Early Use of Cereals in the Human Diet. Expedition 28:22, 23-34, University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Samuel, Delwin, 1996, Investigation of Ancient Egyptian Baking and Brewing Methods by Correlative Microscopy, Science 26 July 1996: Vol. 273. no. 5274, pp. 488 – 490.

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