Canadian archaeologists discover evidence of winemaking 8000 years ago Posted: November 14, 2017
8000-year-old traces of ancient wine have been discovered on fragments of ceramic jars found on two excavation sites near Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, nearly a millennium earlier than the previously accepted date. Eight ceramic jars, which were analyzed for residue, came from excavations at two Early Ceramic Neolithic sites, Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. Authors suggest that winemaking was one of the primary adaptations of the Neolithic way of life in the Caucasian region, with wine integrated in every aspect of culture at the time. Stephen Batiuk, senior research associate in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto is co-author of the paper published in PNAS. For more visit EurekAlert.