Tomb of an Ancient Egyptian Beer Brewer


Discovered: The Tomb of an Ancient Egyptian Beer Brewer

Beer, some have argued, helped give birth to civilization. In ancient Egypt, sustaining humans through the vagaries of the hunt and the harvest, it was consumed by children as well as adults. It was drunk by the wealthy and the poor alike. It was an integral part of both religious ceremonies—Egyptians offered their thick, sweet version of the stuff up to their gods—and everyday life.

So it’s fitting that beer brewers ranked high in Egyptian society … and that they’d have the tombs to prove it. While doing routine cleaning of the burial plot of a statesman in the court of Amenhotep III—King Tut’s grandfather—in Luxor, a group of Egyptologists from Japan’s Waseda University discovered another tomb: that of Khonso-Im-Heb. He was, apparently, an ancient Egyptian version of Sam Adams, or Adolph Coors, or Mr. Miller High Life: the court’s head of beer production. He brewed his ancient suds in honor of Mut, Egypt’s mother-goddess.

Read more. [Image: Supreme Council of Antiquities]


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