Alcohol's Neolithic Origins
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9528) 10 years ago
Alcohol's Neolithic Origins: Brewing Up a Civilization
By Frank Thadeusz
DER SPIEGEL INTERNATIONAL
December 24, 2009

Did our Neolithic ancestors turn to agriculture so that they could be sure of a tipple? US Archaeologist Patrick McGovern thinks so. The expert on identifying traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites reckons the thirst for a brew was enough of an incentive to start growing crops.

It turns out the fall of man probably didn't begin with an apple. More likely, it was a handful of mushy figs that first led humankind astray. . . .

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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10508) 10 years ago
As I recall, the earliest known recipe is for a beer like substance. Some archaeologists brewed it up some years ago.
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Posted by Rydog (+73) 10 years ago
thanks for the interesting post!
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