US and Egyptian archaeologists have found an old beer factory in the excavations. It may be the oldest beer factory found at one of the most prominent archaeological sites in ancient Egypt. This information was given by a top archeology officer on Wednesday.
Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the factory was found in the ancient cemetery Abidos, west of the Nile River, 450 kilometers from southern Cairo. He stated that the factory is located in the area of King Narmer, known for the unification of ancient Egypt at the beginning of the first dynasty (3150 BCE to 2613 BCE).
Waziri said that archaeologists have found eight units. Each unit is 20 meters (about 65 feet) long, 2.5 meters (about eight feet) wide. About 40 earthen pots have been found in these, which would be useful in heating the mixture of grains and water for the production of beer.
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The joint expedition was co-chaired by Matthew Adams of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and Deborah Vischak, Assistant Professor of Ancient Egyptian History and Archeology at Princeton University.
Adams said the factory would have been set up in the area to carry out the royal ceremonies of beer. He said that archaeologists have found evidence that shows the use of beer during sacrificial practices in ancient Egypt.
The Ministry of Antiquities said that British archaeologists first mentioned the existence of the factory in the early 1900s, but they could not find out where it existed.