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5,000-year-old beer keg discovered

Archaeologists uncover ancient brewing vessels in downtown Tel Aviv.


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Employees of the Israel Antiquities Authority work at the site, where fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in Tel Aviv, on March 29, 2015. Employees of the Israel Antiquities Authority work at the site, where fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in Tel Aviv, on March 29, 2015. Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Getty Images
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Beer debates usually waver between "tastes great" and "less filling." But now we can add another question: How old?

Last month, a team of Israeli archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old beer vessel in downtown Tel Aviv. In the photo above, employees of the Israel Antiquities Authority work at the site, where fragments of the pottery were discovered.

Excavation director Diego Barkan said 17 pits were found that had been used to store various materials in the Early Bronze Age.

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Employees of the Israel Antiquities Authority work at the site, where fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered in Tel Aviv, on March 29, 2015. Excavators dig out the beer keg shards on March 29, 2015. (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

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