15 Nov 2017
TIME has published an article about a new archaeological finding in Georgia suggesting how "Europeans have been squeezing wine from grapes for hundreds of years longer than previously believed.
Citing BBC, TIME said "a series of excavations in the Caucasus Mountains has revealed wine residue on pottery fragments dating back to 5980 BC — the earliest evidence discovered yet of wine-making from grapes”.
Archaeologists found the earthenware jar fragments at two sites near Tblisi, Georgia. Some of the jars were originally decorated with images of wine-making festivities, portraying men dancing amid grape clusters”, TIME said based on researchers.
The article notes that "Georgia has a long history of wine production, and continues to ferment wine in vessels that resemble those of ancient tradition” while "previously, the oldest evidence of grape wine-making was identified in the Zagros Mountains of Iran, dating to about 5400 to 5000 BC".
According to David Lordkipanidze, the general director of the Georgian National Museum, "archaeologists have suspected the country could be the birthplace of European wine-making, but needed evidence to substantiate the hunch".
Read the full article at: www.time.com