Archaeologists in Israel have found what they believe to be a wine press, dating to the Byzantine period (sixth century – early seventh century CE). This was exposed due to construction and development, in one of Tel Aviv's municipalities.
The art of making a good soup (or alcoholic beverage) has been around for much longer than previously thought
With the discovery of some of the oldest pottery known in the world -- that has evidence that it was placed in fire -- scholars are suggesting that boiling (either for making soups or alcohol) was taking place. Although pots are not necessary for boiling (as discussed in the article), this ceramic evidence pushes back the date for boiling foods by thousands of years.
Researchers from the University of Leicester claim to have found the skeleton of King Richard III, based on characteristics of the skeleton, and now, using DNA from a distant relative.
While this news has many people excited, others are skeptical, arguing that ancient DNA contaminates easily, and are surprised by the lack of peer review. Definitely a story to follow.
Curry has been on the cooking scene for longer than previously thought. Through starch grain analysis, researchers found evidence for turmeric and ginger, key ingredients when making curry. This new evidence suggests that the Indus Valley civilization were perfecting the curry from as early as 2500-2200 BC.
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