Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Really Old Wine

Scorpion King's Wines--Egypt's Oldest--Spiked With Meds: "Deep inside the tomb of Scorpion I (no relation to the Rock), scientists discovered Egypt's oldest wines.

And now it appears the 5,000-year-old wines were spiked with natural medicines—centuries before the practice was thought to exist in Egypt, researchers say. (Related: 'Nature's Rx' in National Geographic magazine.)

Archaeochemist Patrick McGovern and colleagues found chemical residues of herbs, tree resins, and other natural substances inside wine jars from the tomb, the previously discovered resting place of one of Egypt's first pharaohs (ancient Egypt time line)."

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