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Artefacts show the history of beer drinking


Posted on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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An ancient gold Mesopotamian beer drinking vessel is to go on show at Melbourne Museum.

The 4,500-year-old artefact provides a glimpse of the ancient beer drinking practices of the Mesopotamians who would have sipped the beverage from the cup using a straw-like spout to filter out the particles. It was recovered from a "death pit" in the ancient city of Ur in what is now Iraq by an expedition in the 1920s and 1930s. Several human sacrifices thought to be royal attendants were also found there.

"The exhibition, which is due to open next week, will showcase more than 170 artefacts on loan from the British Museum, charting the history of one of the world's oldest civilisations, dating back as far as 2600 BC."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 23 April, 2012, 19:23
I prefer my beer in metal mugs. I've never drank beer from a solid gold mug though. Would that require raising my pinky finger every time I took a gulp?
Comment icon #2 Posted by questionmark on 23 April, 2012, 19:46
I prefer my beer in metal mugs. I've never drank beer from a solid gold mug though. Would that require raising my pinky finger every time I took a gulp? Only if you are Italian, in other places that is considered either awkward or rude
Comment icon #3 Posted by spud the mackem on 23 April, 2012, 20:25
Wow dont tell me that they have found me pot of gold,Ive been searching for a 1000 years for it..or it may belong to my Oz mate the Jolly Swag Man,who camps by a billabong..
Comment icon #4 Posted by MindfieldzX on 25 April, 2012, 1:43
I googled Artefact. I am annoyed by this word. long live Artifact
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 27 April, 2012, 0:30
Uh, that's my cup I lost along time ago. Please return it. I miss the gold and beer taste.
Comment icon #6 Posted by catfishyeah on 3 May, 2012, 19:14
Hmm, was there any beer with the finds? I wanna taste the beer that's been distilled that long.


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