CAIRO, 16 February 2021 – Archaeologists in Egypt have unearth the remains of a mega brewery, likely more than 5,000 years old and believed to have served thousands of gallons of beer for royal rituals.
It is being called “the world’s largest beer factory,” news reports said Tuesday citing archaeologists.
The brewery of eight large rooms each 65 feet (20 meters) long was discovered in the ancient site of Abydos, one of the oldest discovered cities of ancient Egypt..
In each of the rooms lay 40 clay pots resting in decorative cisterns arranged in two rows, where grains and water would once have been heated to make beer.
Abydos in its heyday would have been filled with temples and tombs.
The Temple of Osiris, the royal necropolis of the First Dynasty, and the Temple of Seti I are still intact today, and able to be visited.
The brewery, a new addition to one of Egypt’s most important cultural sites, is thought to have been able to produce 5,000 gallons of beer in a single batch.
Evidence of “the use of beer in sacrificial rites was found during excavations in these facilities,” a statement from the Egyptian tourism ministry has said..
The brewery “may have been built in this place specifically to supply the royal rituals that were taking place inside the funeral facilities of the kings of Egypt,” mission co-head Matthew Adams of New York University has stated.
The Supreme Council for Antiquities has said the brewery likely dates back to the reign of King Narmer, a lesser-known name in Egyptian history.
He was the founder of the Frist Dynasty and then sole unifier of the country.