Archeologists in northwest China have uncovered a bronze pot containing rice wine dating back to over 2,000 years old.
The vessel was unearthed in Shaanxi Province from a Western Han Dynasty tomb, an era that spanned 202 BC to AD 8.
According to Xinhua news agency, the jar contained 3.5 liters of clear yellow liquid and when researchers decanted it into a measuring glass, it gave off a rich aroma of alcohol.
“It smells like wine,” said Shi Jiazhen, head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in the city of Luoyang.
Drinks made from fermented rice or sorghum grains are traditional beverages in ancient China. Wines of similar ages have been found in other tombs dating back to the Western Han period, and often in elaborate bronze vessels.
Just this March, scientists unearthed a bronze kettle from a Qin Dynasty tomb dating back more to than 2,000 years. Inside was about 300 milliliters of wine sealed by natural fibers.
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