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Bygone beverage: ancient evidence of beer in southern China

In Qiaotou, a town in the southern Chinese province of Zhejiang, the oldest evidence to date of the consumption of beer in Chinese mourning rituals has been discovered: Three Chinese researchers found 50 intact clay pots ornate with abstract patterns in a burial mound next to two human skeletons, made around 9000 years ago. Some pots resembled modern-day drinking glasses in size, while others were reminiscent of long-necked “hu vessels” used for the consumption of alcohol in later times. The three scientists presented their finds in the US interdisciplinary science journal PLOS One.

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