Ancient Nubians Drank Antibiotic-Laced Beer : Discovery News

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Very interesting, especially as they seem to have adequately accounted for possible modern contamination.
A lot of grain storage in the Neolithic (well before this) was in pits, sometimes inside large clay vessels in the pits, sometimes just in a pit. If this population was using a similar storage method, then the growth of Strep is fairly easily explained.
Pretty cool.
And another example of the vast amount of information you can get from burials if you know how to take advantage of them.


Alwen said...

Fascinating to my husband (a mostly-mead brewer), too.

Shoveling Ferret said...

Oooooh, really? I've always wanted to try mead!