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Copper Age wine found in Italy

Traces of wine have been found in a 5,000-year-old jar found in Sicily.

A team of scientists chemically analyzed residue on an ancient piece of pottery from Italy, a large storage jar that was used during the Copper Age in the early 4th millennium BCE, according to the University of South Florida. That jar existed well before the time it is commonly believed that ancient Italians started their winemaking, which was between 1300 and 1100 BCE — putting this wine residue 2,000 years earlier than the supposed start of wine in the area.

The university said the find is “the earliest discovery of wine residue in the entire prehistory of the Italian peninsula.”

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Story: Elana Glowatz, IBT | Photo: Davide Tanasi, University of South Florida

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