Beer in Ancient Egypt

One of my favorite finds reported this year stems from a dig by Japanese archaeologists working near present-day Luxor. It turns out the elaborate tomb was for a beer maker who lived at the time of the Ramses kings.

To understand how important beer was to the ancients, take a close look at the paintings on the wall of the tomb. The artwork is magnificent, reflecting the esteem in which good beer makers were held. Fro0m such paintings we learn a great deal about daily life in ancient times.

In all of my First Dynasty Series novels, beer plays a role. Many a clandestine meeting was held over beer.

So, here’s to more finds by my Egyptologist mentors and friends! (Fade to picture of historical novelists hoisting a pint of Guinness).

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