Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Bottle of 2,000-Year-Old Rice Wine Found in Chinese Tomb

quote [ The bronze jug was dated around the late Warring States time period and the Qin Dynasty ]

finely aged. like a... fine... wine?

uried in a tomb in near Xianyang, the ancient capital of the Qin Dynasty, archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old bronze jug that still has rice wine in it.

It is one of numerous artifacts found in the tomb at an excavation site of commoners’ graves in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province. The artifact dates back to the late Warring States time period (475-221 B.C.) and the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), reports Chi Dehua for the Chinese paper GB Times.

During that time period, bronze jugs or containers with wine were regularly buried with the dead as a kind of sacrifice. But the Archaeological Research Institute of Shaanxi team, which is leading the dig, was surprised to find that the 10 fluid ounces of the milky white, muddy liquid was so well-preserved.

According to Rupert Millar of the Drink Business, the reason the container was fastened so firmly is thanks to a seal of natural fibers, which has guarded the liquid over the millennia.

According to recent testing, the drink has a “high concentration amino acid substances and also small amounts of protein and fatty acids,” as Zhang Yanglizheng, an assistant researcher at SPIA, tells Millar. This suggests the liquid shares close similarities with fermented wines found in the store today.

The discovery informs researchers of the level of wine making in the region in that time period and, as Millar points out, it shows that commoners, as well as more well-to-do individuals, were buried with the stuff, potentially showing its prevelance during that time.

As Dehua writes, it also suggests the Qin people inherited the ceremonies and rituals from the Western Zhou centuries earlier.

In 2004, for example, researchers documented the 9,000-year-old history of wine and fermented drinks in China after chemical analysis of showed that the Western Zhou civilization of 1250-1000 B.C. made similar fermented drinks of rice, honey and fruit to use in burial rituals.

According to The History Blog, other items found at the excavation site include an almost 2-foot-long bronze sword and a 5.5-inch-long turtle shell.

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cb361 said[1] @ 7:43am GMT on 28th Mar
The [Highlander] brandy scene with Macleod and Brenda was inspired by Russell Mulcahy's dinner with Jim Steinman who, as a wine bottle from 1949 was being opened, sniffed the air between the cork and the bottle and told Mulcahy that he just sniffed air from 1949

Except that all air is from 1949. And indeed 221BC.

Plus, the air in question is probably just contemporary air that moved into the space between the bottle opening and the cork. The 1949 air would stay in the bottle, until diluted with regular air when the wine is poured. Actually getting the 1949 air out of the bottle would be quite difficult. Maybe you could insert two tubes, and pump in additional fluid to displace the 1949 air, if you don't really care about the wine.
arrowhen said @ 8:30am GMT on 28th Mar
Let's splurge! Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got – this year! No more of this old stuff.
Mythtyn said @ 9:21am GMT on 28th Mar [Score:1 Funny]
I just ate some grapes and drank a bunch of water. Bring me your glass!
cb361 said[1] @ 11:59am GMT on 28th Mar
I demand that the grapes of wine I drink be crushed beneath the feet of naked French peasant girls, on grounds of adding at least some gratuitous nudity to the eventual film of my life.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:09pm GMT on 28th Mar
All the scenes of you fapping will be gratuitous enough.

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