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How Beer Made Kings in Early Egypt

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By Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00pm

How Beer Made Kings in Early Egypt

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 6:00pm

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Matthew Douglas Adams, Director, Abydos Archaeology; Senior Research Scholar, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

The remains of a 5000-year-old brewery found in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos are providing insights into the relationship between large-scale beer production and the development of kingship in Egypt. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Abydos brewery produced beer on a truly industrial scale—something unparalleled in early Egypt. Matthew Adams will share findings from recent excavations at the brewery and will consider it in context as part of a broad pattern of royal activity at the site that served to define the very nature of kingship at the beginning of Egypt’s history.

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About the Speaker

Matthew Douglas Adams, Senior Research Scholar at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, holds a dual PhD in Anthropology and Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania and has directed fieldwork at Abydos for more than thirty years. His most recent publications include “The Origins of Sacredness at Abydos,” in Abydos: The Sacred Land at the Western Horizon (2019), I. Regulski, ed., BMPES 8, pp. 25–70.

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