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Until recently it was widely accepted that beer brewing and wine production started withthe civilisations of Mesopotamia and Egypt documented by literary and iconographical evidence. But in recent years, the starting point for the production of alcoholic beverages has been pushed ever further intothe past. Not only could the residues of alcoholic beverages be pinned down chemically in early dynastic Egypt at Hierakonpolis or the late Uruk periodsite of Godin Tepe, Iran (Michel et al .1993), and ﬁfth-millennium BC Neolithic Greece but wine has been detected even earlier in a Neolithic (mid sixth-millennium BC) jar from Hajji Firuz Tepe in northern Iran
and in stone bowls from the PPN burial site of K ¨ortik Tepe, south-eastern Turkey. It can be safely stated that people’s ﬁrst interest in wild grapes in western Asia wasfor alcohol production, evidence for domestication only following in the fourth millenniumBC. From G¨obekli Tepe now comes further chemical evidence this timefor beer brewing, although it is not fully conclusive as yet.(okay some weasel words)
Originally posted by punkinworks10
The first question being were these people truley hunter gatherers?
My second question is, how did they come by the idea brewing beer, and did it lead to a sedentary life?
Maybe when they were a true h/g society, the cacheing of collected cereals started the while thing off.