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Posted by Hal Neumann (+8761) 21 days ago
“Current theory has it that grain was first domesticated for food. But since the 1950s, many scholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the idea that some early humans grew and stored grain for beer, even before they cultivated it for bread.”

“How Beer Gave Us Civilization”
--Jeffrey P. Kahn
THE NEW YORK TIMES
March 15, 2013
https://www.nytimes.com/2...ation.html
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“Archaeologists made an intriguing discovery recently at the neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey. They uncovered a series of giant stone troughs erected more than 10,000 years ago. And at the bottom of these huge vessels, they found traces of a chemical called calcium oxalate, typically produced during the soaking, mashing and fermenting of grain. It’s a by-product of brewing, in other words.”

“10,000 Years of Cheers: Why Social Drinking is an Ancient Ritual”
-- Robin McKie
THE GUARDIAN
https://www.theguardian.c...?CMP=fb_gu
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“How Beer Stirred Civilization”
“Before bronze wheels rattled over the Sumerian desert, before the first stones were chiseled into the Great Pyramids of Giza, Homo sapiens was brewing beer.”

--Alexander Blum
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
June 26, 2018
https://www.psychologytod...vilization

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