Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old pub in Iraq with fridge, beers, traces of meat

Archaeologists recently discovered that there was a pub like in Iraq about 5,000 years ago, and they used fridges and ovens in it. Moreover, bones of fish and other animals were found in some vessels in that pub. Remains of beer were also found.

5000 year old pub and beers found in southern iraq, dating back to sumerian civilization

First Published Feb 16, 2023, 4:42 PM IST

New Delhi: It is known that 5000 years ago in southern Iraq, people lived in a way that we did not expect. The latest findings of archaeologists related to Sumerian civilization are not only interesting but also surprising. The city of Lagash in Iraq has historical significance. In the latest observations made by archaeologists in this city, important things have come to light. It is speculated that a pub was established here around 5000 years ago and some people used to come there often to have food and beers.

Lagash was a key city in the Sumerian civilization. Here, the above things can be known on the study undertaken jointly by the teams of University of Pennsylvania and University of Pisa. A pub was discovered under the ancient ruins of Lagash. They also found an oven and some benches in the pub. Researchers discovered a fridge made of sand called Jeer. Surprisingly, they found traces of some food left in some of the containers in the fridge. They found remains of bones of fish and some other animals in those vessels. They also found evidence of drinking beer. History tells us that the Sumerians were heavy drinkers of beer. The teams discovered these things with sophisticated technical equipment like drone photography, thermal imaging, magnetometry, and microstratigraphic sampling.

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The items they found in the latest study provide a fascinating look at the lives of ordinary people who lived in the urban areas of the Sumerian civilization about 4,700 years ago. Project Director Holly Pittman told AFP news agency. ‘What we can understand from this evidence is that some (regular goers) used to eat outside instead of the food they got at home. We can call it a tavern. Because beer is a very common drink here. The Sumerians drank beer more than water. The beer recipe was found there in the form of a cuneiform tablet,’ he explained.

Last Updated Feb 16, 2023, 4:42 PM IST

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