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Residues of ancient wine in a pottery jar

Residues of ancient wine in a pottery jar

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DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Residues of the world's oldest wine. Pottery jar with residues (dark red, at upper left) of the world's oldest wine. The jar was reconstructed with a filler (white) cementing together the frag- ments of pottery (light red), which have been lab- elled by the archaeologists. The jar was one of 6 found at Hajji Firuz Tepe, Iran, in the kitchen of a 7000- year-old mudbrick building. Different chemical tests revealed evidence of tartaric acid, a substance found only in large amounts in grapes, on fragments from another jar. The residue also contained residues of terebinth resin, a substance added to the wine as a preservative. This wine is 2000 years older than the next-oldest wine.

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