Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old brewery that could produce thousands of liters of beer in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos, Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said.
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The site in Egypt’s Sohag Governorate likely dates back to the reign of King Narmer around 3,100 BC, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Dr. Matthew Adams, one of the leaders of the Egyptian-American mission that made the discovery, said they believe the beer was used in royal burial rituals for Egypt’s earliest kings.
The brewery, which had a production capacity of 22,400 liters, was split into eight sections each containing 40 clay pots used to warm mixtures of grain and water.
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Officials are keen to show off newly discovered artifacts as they try to revive visitor numbers after Egypt’s tourism industry received a painful blow during the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of tourists visiting the country dropped to 3.5 million last year from 13.1 million in 2019. (VOA)