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Uncorking the Chinese Past:
The Archaeological and Chemical Discovery of the World’s Oldest "Wine"

by Dr. Patrick McGovern

In this talk, Dr. McGovern will illustrate the biomolecular archaeology behind the discovery of the most ancient alcoholic beverage in the world, dating to about 7000 B.C. from a Neolithic tomb site in Jiahu, in China’s Henan province. McGovern will also describe the historical background and analysis of Shang/Western Zhou Dynasty bronze vessels excavated from tombs at Anyang and Changzikou in Henan province, which still held millet and rice “wines” from 3000 years ago.

Dr. McGovern will be available to sign his book, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages.

This lecture is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities; financial contribution from K&L Gates; and a grant from National Resource Center for East Asian Studies at University of Oregon.

Following the lecture is a ticketed reception to meet the speaker and sample Chateau Jiahu, in addition to appetizers. McGovern’s extensive research into ancient fermented beverages throughout the world has resulted in their recreation by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in a line of “Ancient Ales”, which includes the mixed drink served at the “King Midas funerary feast (Midas Touch), and the elite dark chocolate beverage of the New World (Theobroma). The Ancient Chinese beverage, named Chateau Jiahu, after the site in which it was discovered, will be available for tasting at the reception.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is donating samples of Chateau Jiahu for tasting at the reception.

About the Speaker

Dr. Patrick E. McGovern is the Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology. He is author of multiple scholarly articles and books, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (Berkeley: University of California Press).

Friday, May 16, 2014
5:30pm - Check in
6:00 - 7:20pm Lecture and Q&A
7:30 - 8:30pm Reception, appetizers & tasting
UO White Stag Building
70 NW Couch
Portland, OR 97209
Lecture: Free, and open to the public
Reception: $20 general, $15 NWCC members
Please register [click here]


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