History : Mar-Apr 2019
NEWS ArchaeologicalScience:Reports, cereal-based beer was being consumed some 13,000 years ago. Researchers from Stan- ford University and the Uni- versity of Haifa in Israel made this discovery in Raqefet Cave on Mount Carmel, near Haifa in northern Israel. The site was once occupied by the Natufians, who lived Humans were down- ing beers thousands of years earlier than experts previously thought—long before the advent of agriculture. The oldest traces of beer brewing used to date to around 9,000 years ago, but according to research published in the Journalof Craft Brewing in Caves: Earliest Evidence of Beer A new discovery in Israel reveals how a prehistoric community consumed beer as a part of their paleo diet, centuries before humans took up farming. THE ART OF ANCIENT ALES some 15,000-11,500 years ago. Archaeologists believe them to be among the first people to abandon nomadic practic- es and opt for a semi-settled way of life. The cave contains many important finds, including a Natufian burial ground with the remains of 30 people. Ar- chaeologists also found tools, 4 MARCH/APRIL 2019 Haifa Mt.Carmel Raqefet Cave MediterraneanSea ISRAEL Study area NGMAPS MOUNT CARMEL is dotted with Natufian settlements, such as the Raqefet Cave. Thriving around 13,000 years ago, the Natufians developed funerary rites and buried their dead on beds of herbs. THERAQEFETCAVENATUFIANPROJECT THE ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEAM WORKS NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE RAQEFET CAVE IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.