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Patrick E. McGovern. Uncorking the Past The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (UC Press, 2009)

Penn Archaeologist Recreates Ancient Brews
By Susan Snyder
October 13, 2009

Patrick McGovern had just emerged from the ancient burial chamber in one of the most extensively excavated archaeological sites in China when a local scientist presented him with what he calls "the real treasure."

It was a sealed bronze drinking vessel that resembled a teapot from 1200 B.C.

With liquid still inside.

"I just about dropped over - a liquid sample from 3,000 years ago," said McGovern, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.

He whisked a sample back to his lab in the basement of Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. An analysis confirmed what he had suspected: a yellowish wine. . . .

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