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Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv

Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city.

Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv
One of the artefacts uncovered at an ancient Egyptian brewery
 found in downtown Tel Aviv [Credit: IAA]
Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Sunday the ceramic vessels, crafted in an Egyptian method that differed from local pottery-making at the time, would have held a thick, partially baked barley and water mixture left to ferment in the sun.


The shards were found under an office construction site in downtown Tel Aviv in 17 pits used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age (3500-3000 BC), the Antiquities Authority said in a statement.

Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv
Fragments of 5,000 year-old ancient pottery vessels believed to have
 been used to prepare beer [Credit: IAA]
The discovery suggested that Egyptians settled further north during that era than once believed. Archaeologists in Israel have found evidence of Egyptian communities to the south, in the Negev and along its Mediterranean coast.

Source: Reuters [March 29, 2015]
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