1600 year old bottle of Roman wine

1600 year old bottle of Roman wine

Robin Hall, Cavender Creek’s blogger, will speak to the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild Wednesday August 9th. Recent excavations have pushed back the frontiers of knowledge, revealing that wine was integral to the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman empires.

From a massive Greek bronze urn with a capacity of 250 gallons found in France to a fragile Roman bottle still containing wine that is 1600 years old, archaeology has provided us with vital information about the past. Wine kept the Roman legions on the march to conquer the known world – and may have contributed to the eventual collapse of the Roman empire.

The importance of wine in the Catholic Church liturgy resulted in wine being produced in America as far back as the 1560s, and the expectation of wine production funded General Oglethorpe’s colonization in Savannah.

The presentation is free and open to the public at the Parks and Recreation Building on Wednesday, August 9th at 6pm.