BBC recently reported that the folks at Oxford have been having a difficult
time decoding a written language called proto-Elamit found on ancient tablets.
But the one of the Oxford academics, Dr. Jacob Dahl, seems fairly certain about at
least one thing: they drank beer.
Studying the tablets from around 3000BC, academics were able to deduce that some
people of this society consumed a diet largely composed of barley. That’s where
the story takes a bit of a gloomy turn.
reference of beer is in relation to the rations given to the lowest class -
farm laborers. These workers were treated poorly; called “cattle with names.” They barely received enough food to stay above the starvation level
and with what they did receive in rations, they were only able to prepare things like porridge and weak beer.
To pay respect to these workers who dealt with terrible conditions and undernourishment, we encourage you to enjoy a tasty brew this weekend.