A high-production brewery believed to be more than 5,000 years old has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists at a funerary site in southern Egypt, the tourism ministry said Saturday.
The site containing several “units” consisting of about 40 earthenware pots was uncovered at North Abydos by a joint Egyptian-American team, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page.
The brewery likely dates back to the era of King Narmer, it quoted the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziry, as saying, adding it believed the find to “be the oldest high-production brewery in the world.”
Narmer, who ruled more than 5,000 years ago, founded the First Dynasty and unified Upper and Lower Egypt.
British archaeologists first discovered the existence of the brewery at the beginning of the 20th century but its location was never precisely determined, the statement said.
The joint Egyptian-American team “was able to re-locate and uncover its contents”, it added.
According to Waziry, the brewery consisted of eight large areas which were used as “units for beer production”.
Each sector contained about 40 earthenware pots arranged in two rows.
A mixture of grains and water used for beer production was heated in the vats, with each basin “held in place by levers made of clay placed vertically in the form of rings”.
Egypt has announced several major new discoveries which it hopes will spur tourism, a sector which has suffered multiple blows – from a 2011 uprising to the coronavirus pandemic.