Iron age: the Celts drank in the Mediterranean, the wine, says a study

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Experts have evidence that the iron age: the Celts drank a Mediterranean wine from as far back as 2,700 years ago, according to a new study.

The inquiry is looking into new evidence has been found of organic wine in the 133 variety of pottery from the Heuneburg settlement in Germany.

“We will introduce a new aspect of this process is the study of the transformation of consumption practices, particularly drinking, as well as by cross-cultural encounters, from the late 7th to the 5th century BC, by the breakdown of organic matter in 133 ceramic vessels found in the Heuneburg with the use of Organic Residue Analysis (ORA),” the researchers wrote in the study abstract.

Heuneburg in the beginning of the celtic tribes from all social classes to consume a mediterranean wine and local ceramics. (Credit: Victor S. Brigola)


She then goes on to say, “In that the Ha-D1, and the phase, the fermented beverage, including the Mediterranean, grape wine, have been identified and appear to have been used out of the local hand-made pottery. The latter have been recovered from a variety of status-related contexts, the inside of the Heuneburg, which means that there is an early and well-established trading system for the exchange of this Mediterranean style of life.”

The wine residues were found in the main vessels, which have probably belonged to the people of the lower class, as well as vessels imported from the Mediterranean region, most likely belonging to the elite of the elite, the researchers said in a statement accompanying the study.

To the north of the Alps, the Heuneburg was considered to be an important location for the beginning of urbanization in the Early iron age.

“The integration of archaeological and biological (residual analysis, we are able to shed a new light on the Early Celtic and consumption practices, and provide the first insights into the complex transformation at the time, that was for sure influenced by the dynamics of cross-cultural encounter in the Mediterranean,” the researchers wrote in the study’s conclusion.

The study, published in PLOS One.

Researchers are still unearthing the secrets of the Celts’. Earlier this year, researchers found more than 100 of the fragmented human skulls to be buried in an open space in Le Cailar, France: a 2,500-year-old city on the banks of the Rhône.

In July, the experts found the tomb of a Celtic woman who was buried about 200 C., with a surprising find — they had to be buried in a tree trunk and adorned with precious jewels.


Fox News’ Walt Bonner contributed to this story.

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