Tuesday, January 11, 2011

6,000 Year Old Winepress

I seem to have a "thing" about ancient alcoholic beverages. I don't even drink alcohol, but I find these these stories fascinating. In that vein, here is another one:
This ancient wine-making facility carbon dates to around 4000 BC. This fits with previous data showing that the culture of wine is very old.



The excavation took place at Areni, which is in modern Turkey. See the square on the map below.


The issue of wine-making has an interesting connection to the early chapters of Genesis. After the flood, Noah grows a vineyard and makes wine. Archaeology confirms the biblical picture.

One of the potential questions that could legitimately be raised about Hugh Ross' flood model (which pushes the flood back to 30,000 to 50,000+ years ago) is that it doesn't appear as though wine-making goes back that far. Research places grape domestication and wine-making in the early neolithic period (around 5400 B.C.). This data fits better with the more conventional date for Noah's flood (promoted even by non-Christian archaeologists), somewhere around 3200 B.C. But then again, the discovery that changes "everything" is always potentially around the corner.

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