The world's oldest wine discovered in Roman tomb

By Jurassic JennJun 23, 2024 21:39 PMScience
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In an intriguing discovery, researchers have unearthed what is now known to be the oldest liquid wine ever found. This remarkable finding came to light when an urn was discovered within a tomb in Spain, exhuming ancient secrets that have fascinated experts. This is prepared by SSP.

The tomb, located in Carmona near Seville, was accidentally stumbled upon in 2019. Dating back to the 1st century AD and believed to belong to an affluent family, it housed a collection of burial niches carved into the tomb's walls. Within these niches were six limestone, sandstone, or glass urns, containing the cremated remains of both men and women. Interestingly, two of these urns were inscribed with the names Hispanae and Senicio.

One particular urn, embedded in a cast-lead shell, drew immediate attention. Upon further analysis, it was determined that within this glass urn resided bone remnants belonging to a 45-year-old man. Displaying intricate craftsmanship, a gold ring featuring the symbol of the two-faced Roman god Janus was also discovered alongside approximately five liters of liquid.

Researchers conducted a meticulous chemical examination of this liquid, revealing it to be discolored white wine. What truly amazed the scientific community was not only the existence of the wine but its sheer age. Dating back an astonishing 2000 years, the liquid provides an extraordinary glimpse into the tastes and habits of a bygone era.

Jose Rafael Ruiz Arrebola, a scientist from the University of Cordoba in Spain, expressed his astonishment at the finding, stating, "I was surprised and full of disbelief. It seemed impossible that a liquid could have remained in this state for 2000 years." Prior to this discovery, it was widely assumed that the oldest known wine was contained within a sealed vessel near Speyer, Germany, estimated to be around 1700 years old.

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