Archaeological perspectives on ancient (and modern) beer.

On Friday, October 2, the AIA hosted the first of our fall lecture series at the Folk Hall Auditorium on the University of Akron campus. A group of 70 AIA members, students, faculty, and community members gathered for a energetic and fascinating talk by Prof. Christine Hastorf on the “Archaeology of Beer”. The talk covered topics ranging from the chemistry of alcohol production and the effects of drinking on bone┬ácomposition┬áto its social uses and near ubiquity in human cultures, both ancient and modern. Geographically, Prof. Hastorf covered the globe with pictures and case-studies from the ancient Near East to modern brewing practices in South America.


Afterward a group assembled at the Saffron Patch to continue the discussion, and enjoy a few beers, late into the night. Thanks, Christine, for a wonderful evening to kick off our fundraising week! [The image above is a modern impression from an ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seal show two seated celebrants drinking beer through straws from communal pots, c. 2600 BC.]


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One Response to Archaeological perspectives on ancient (and modern) beer.

  1. Alprazolam says:

    Ethnographic archaeology and literature analysis can also offer understanding of ancient production and use of alcohol, which along with artifacts provides a more complete picture of how different cultures used and produced, valued or tabooed, alcohol.

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