Ancient Wine The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

ISBN-10: 0691127840

ISBN-13: 9780691127842

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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This text provides an account of the earliest stages of viniculture history, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. It opens up new areas in the story of wine and vine by drawing upon contemporary archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing and more.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.17" long x 0.99" tall
Weight: 1.254

List of Illustrations
Stone Age Wine
Sifting Fact from Legend
Man Meets Grape: The Paleolithic Hypothesis
Whence the Domesticated Eurasian Grapevine?
When and Where Was Wine First Made?
The Noah Hypothesis
Genetics and Gilgamesh
Transcaucasia: The Homeland of Viniculture?
Exploring Georgia and Armenia
Ancient DNA
Casting a Wider Net in Anatolia
The Indo-European Homeland
"Noah's Flood"
Farther Afield
The Archaeological and Chemical Hunt for the Earliest Wine
Godin Tepe
Molecular Archaeology Comes of Age
Identifying the Godin Tepe Jar Residues by Infrared Spectrometry
Archaeological Inference
From Grape Juice to Wine to Vinegar
Winemaking at the Dawn of Civilization
The First Wine Rack?
A Symposium in the True Sense of the Word
Neolithic Wine!
A Momentous Innovation
Liquid Chromatography: Another Tool of Molecular Archaeology
Ancient Retsina: A Beverage and a Medicine
A Media Barrage
Wild or Domesticated Grapes?
More Neolithic Wine Jars from Transcaucasia
Creating a Ferment in Neolithic Turkey: A Hypothesis to Be Tested
Wine of the Earliest Pharaohs
A Royal Industry Par Excellence
An Amazing Discovery from a Dynasty 0 Royal Tomb
Ancient Yeast DNA Discovered
Wine of Egypt's Golden Age
The Hyksos: A Continuing Taste for Levantine Wines
Festival Wine at the Height of the New Kingdom
Wine as the Ultimate Religious Expression
Wines of the Heretic King, Akhenaten, and of Tutankhamun
The Vineyard of Egypt under the Ramessides
Wine of the World's First Cities
A Beer-Drinking Culture Only?
Banqueting the Mesopotamian Way
Wine, Too, Was Drunk in the Lowland Cities
Transplanting the Grapevine to Shiraz
Wine and the Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Wine Down the Tigris and Euphrates
Wines of Anatolia and the Lost Hittite Empire
Assyrian Expansionism: Cupbearers, Cauldrons, and Drinking Horns
The Fine Wines of Aram and Phoenicia
Eastward to Persia and China
The Holy Land's Bounty
Winepresses in the Hills, and Towers and Vineyards in the Wadi Floors
The Success of the Experiment
Serving the Needs of a Cosmopolitan Society
Wine for the Kings and the Masses
Dark Reds and Powerful Browns
Wine: A Heritage of the Judeo-Christian Tradition
Lands of Dionysos: Greece and Western Anatolia
Drinking the God
A Minoan Connection? The Earliest Greek Retsina
Wine Mellowed with Oak
"Greek Grog": A Revolution in Beverage Making
Wine and "Greek Grog" during the Heroic Age
A Beverage for King Midas and at the Limits of the Civilized World
King Midas and "Phrygian Grog"
Re-creating an Ancient Anatolian Beverage and Feast
To the Hyperborean Regions of the North: "European Grog"
Molecular Archaeology, Wine, and a View to the Future
Where It All Began
Consumed by Wine
Why Alcohol and Why Wine?
The Lowly Yeast to the Forefront
Mixing Things Up
Wine, the Perfect Metaphor
Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits and Object Dimensions
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