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2000-year-old booze, anyone? Why not? Cheers!

A Chinese excavation has unearthed a 2000-year-old kettle with liquor, and we're ready to clink our glasses

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 22 March 2018, 11:17 PM
Bring on the booze!

Bring on the booze! Image: YouTube/ Sony Music India

Anyone who thought that excavations were as dry as the fossils they unearth, this one's for you. 

Archaeologists in China have excavated a bronze kettle with approximately 300 ml of alcohol from a commoner's tomb. And after testing the sample in labs, they have confirmed that it is, indeed, booze. 

Now that's what we call vintage wine! Except the beverage wasn't wine, but a sort of fermented yellow milky liquid. Interestingly, the substance survived all these years, simply because it was stored in a naturally sealed container. 





This discovery, unique in a lot of ways as it reveals lesser-known details about the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC), has especially surprised the researchers. For this proves that people back then enjoyed a drink or two. 

We, however, are more interested to know if we can use that, err, technology to store our liquor for longer. 

Scientists will now try to decode the ingredients used to brew that particular concoction, which they believe will give them further insight into the lives of people back then. 

As for us, we're hoping to see it at a bar menu soon. And that's a Made In China item we'd happily buy. Cheers!

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