9,000 Year Old Beer Recreated From Chinese Recipe

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 18, 2005   View Article

A Delaware brewer with a penchant for exotic drinks recently concocted a beer similar to one brewed in China some 9,000 years ago.

Sam Calagione of the Dogfish Head brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, used a recipe that included rice, honey, and grape and hawthorn fruits. He got the formula from archaeologists who derived it from the residues of pottery jars found in the late Stone Age village of Jiahu in northern China.

“Antibiotic” Beer Gave Ancient Africans Health Buzz

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 16, 2005   View Article

Humans have been downing beer for millennia. In certain instances, some drinkers got an extra dose of medicine, according to an analysis of Nubian bones from Sudan in North Africa.

George Armelagos is an anthropologist at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than two decades, he and his colleagues have studied bones dated to between A.D. 350 and 550 from Nubia, an ancient kingdom south of ancient Egypt along the Nile River.

The bones, the researchers say, contain traces of the antibiotic tetracycline.

Cajun Chicken Races Spice Up Rural Mardi Gras

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2005   View Article

As festive parades spark a raucous blur of purple, green, and gold on the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, a different kind of Mardi Gras will blossom in the state’s rural Cajun communities.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season of feasting and celebration. For Christian revelers, it is the final blowout before Ash Wednesday and the pre-Easter penitential season of Lent.

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