The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

Even though there is evidence of Ancient Sumerians having the ingredients to make beer - barley, malt and emmer (a type of wheat) - there is no textual evidence of the processes used to make the mysterious brew. Peter Damerow (1939-2011), a historian of science and cuneiform writing from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, examined the beer brewing technologies of the Sumerians in a scholarly paper, casting doubt on the myth that what they brewed was even beer. There are many 4,000 year old cuneiform texts that record deliveries of the ancient beer ingredients to breweries. They also document the activities going on at the breweries, but what is left out is the recipe and production process. Damerow says the texts were more than likely written to an audience familiar with the processes. The texts were not meant to teach the modern reader about ancient brewing. Also the Sumerian bureaucrats used different numbering systems when recording this information, depending on what was measur

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