New evidence supports the hypothesis that beer may have been motivation to cultivate cereals

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Under a microscope, Professor Li Liu finds and records starch grains. Credit: L.A. Cicero

Stanford University archaeologists are turning the history of beer on its head.

A research team led by Li Liu, a professor of Chinese archaeology at Stanford, has found evidence of the earliest brewmasters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, or bread?

 

In a cave in what is now Israel, the team found beer- innovations that they believe predate the early appearance of cultivated cereals in the Near East by several millennia. Their findings, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, support a hypothesis proposed by archaeologists more than 60 years ago: Beer may have been a motivating factor for the original domestication of cereals in some areas.

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