Ancient Egyptian Wine Production (the tomb of Khaemvese (Dynasty XVIII) at Thebes)

Ancient Egyptian Wine Production (the tomb of Khaemvese (Dynasty XVIII) at Thebes)

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, can I take this opportunity to publicize a small event that I am presenting in November.

Since prehistoric times, wine has been an important agricultural product. The history of wine, revealed by archaeology, gives a fascinating insight into the development of human knowledge, technology and society. Over thousands of years, starting in what is now the Middle East, crude fermenting of wild grapes was refined. Agricultural and technology skills and multinational trade empires resulted. Wine consumption changed social structures, religion and even decision making skills.

What our prehistoric ancestors considered as great wine, with many unusual additives, is very different to most of today’s offerings. So it is probably a good thing that there will not be any ancient wine samples available at this illustrated talk.

Local wine educator Robin Hall DipWSET will describe where and how this all happened, with diversions into Egyptian wine labels, the Greek sense of humor and even the wine served in the Wedding at Cana.

The presentation will be the November meeting of the Blue Ridge Archaeological Group on 9th November, starting at 6pm. The venue is the Parks and Recreation Building, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533.   This event is open to the public and is free.

Robin Hall

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