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Did Sumerians Really Produce Beer?
2012-01-18 05:57:08

Even though there is evidence of Ancient Sumerians having the ingredients to make beer - barley, malt and emmer (a type of wheat) - there is no textual evidence of the processes used to make the mysterious brew. Peter Damerow (1939-2011), a historian of science and cuneiform writing from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, examined the beer brewing technologies of the Sumerians in a scholarly paper, casting doubt on the myth that what they brewed was even beer....

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2009-10-15 11:15:14

New technologies and academic collaborations are helping scholars at the University of Chicago analyze hundreds of ancient documents in Aramaic, one of the Middle East's oldest continuously spoken and written languages. Members of the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California are helping the University's Oriental Institute make very high-quality electronic images of nearly 700 Aramaic administrative documents. The Aramaic texts were incised in the surfaces of clay...

2009-08-12 07:29:33

A team led by a Canadian archaeologist says it has uncovered a cache of cuneiform tablets in a 2,700-year-old temple in southeastern Turkey. University of Toronto archaeology Professor Timothy Harrison said the tablets date to the Iron Age period between 1,200 B.C. and 600 B.C. and are part of an archive that might provide new insights into the religious dimension of Assyrian imperial ideology. The tablets, and the information they contain, may possibly highlight the imperial ambitions of one...

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2009-08-10 16:23:10

A team of University of Toronto archaeologists has uncovered a cache of cuneiform tablets dating back to between 1200 and 600 BCE at the site of a recently discovered temple in southeastern Turkey. Found in the temple's cella, or "Ëœholy of holies', the tablets are part of a possible archive that may offer insights into Assyrian imperial aspirations during the Iron Age period. The assemblage appears to represent a Neo-Assyrian renovation of an older Neo-Hittite temple complex,...

2008-02-11 10:36:42

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. Humans had been speaking for a couple hundred thousand years before they got the inspiration or nerve to mark their ideas down for posterity. But when a Mesopotamian people called the Sumerians finally did scratch out a few bookkeeping symbols on clay tablets 5,000 years ago, they unknowingly started a whole new era in history we...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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