A brewery more than 5,000 years ago has been unearthed in southern Egypt, which may be the oldest known brewery.
According to the Associated Press on the 13th, the brewery is located in the ancient cemetery of Abydos, more than 450 kilometers west of the capital Cairo.
Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the history of the brewery can be traced back to the reign of King Narmay.
Narmay is believed to have unified Egypt at the beginning of the “First Dynasty Period” from 3150 BC to 2613 BC.
American and Egyptian archaeologists found eight winemaking units 20 meters long and 2.5 meters wide on the ground, each of which was arranged in two rows with about 40 pottery containers.
These containers are used to heat a mixture of grain and water to make wine, Waziri said.
Matthew Adams, an archaeologist at New York University, said that the brewery can brew 22,400 liters of beer at a time.
Adams said that the beer produced by the brewery was obviously used for the king’s sacrificial ceremony, and there was previous evidence that the ancient Egyptians used beer for sacrifices.
British archaeologists have verified that there are breweries in ancient Egypt as early as the early 20th century, but they have never found their exact location.