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Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb


Archaeologists in central China's Henan Province on Tuesday poured liquid out of a bronze pot unearthed from a Western Han Dynasty (202 BC to AD 8) tomb into a measuring glass, which gave off an aroma of rich wine.

Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb

"There are 3.5 litres of the liquid in the colour of transparent yellow. It smells like wine," said Shi Jiazhen, head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in the city of Luoyang.


He said the discovered content needs to undergo further lab research so the team can accurately ascertain the ingredients of the liquid.

Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb
Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb
Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb

A large number of  painted clay pots and bronze artefacts were also unearthed from the tomb, which covers 210 square metres. The remains of the tomb occupant have also been preserved, said Shi.


He said they will conduct lab research on items found in the main tomb chamber.

Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor in ancient tomb

Similar-aged rice wine had earlier been found in other tombs dating back to the Western Han period. Liquor made from rice or sorghum grains were a major part of ceremonies and ritual sacrifices in ancient China. It was often contained with elaborate bronze cast vessels.


Shi said the bronze pot containing the liquid is one of the two big bronze items unearthed from the tomb. The other is a lamp in the shape of a wild goose, which was the first of its kind found in the city of Luoyang, capital of 13 dynasties, with a history of 3,000 years.

Source: China Economic Net [November 07, 2018]

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