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January 1 2013

Humans Have Been Drinking Alcohol for at Least 11,000 Years


New Year's Eve is a time of celebration, during which many partiers celebrate with a glass or two of bubbly. Revelers should consider themselves part of a long line of tradition. According to two recent studies, people have been drinking alcohol in social settings for at least as early as the dawn of civilization, stretching back to around 11,000 years ago.

The studies have been documented in two separate journals: the November issue of Levant and the December issue of Antiquity. One article describes the evidence of troughs used to brew beer at the Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. The other article reveals how researchers believe that they have uncovered the archaeological remains of a primitive 3,500-year-old beer brewery and feasting hall, complete with kilns likely used to dry malt before the fermentation of yeast, in Cyprus.

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