The Scorpion King wasn't just a big screen action hero played by The Rock, he was an Egyptian king. Patrick McGovern, the author of "Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-Created," reveals what he found when he entered the king's tomb. Following is a complete transcript of the video.
You want to focus on the Scorpion King, one of the first kings of Egypt. Going back to 3150 BC. Dynasty Zero. We don’t even have the First Dynasty yet.
I’m Pat McGovern. I’m from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. I am the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project.
Scorpion was a king in southern Egypt that was buried in a very spectacular way. And he was buried with all the things you might expect. Not just this life, but intended for the after life. So he had jars of beer, the clothes that he would need in the afterlife, but also wine. Which was not produced in Egypt, because they did not have the grapevine. It had to be imported from the Jordan Valley and vicinity. And he had 700 jars of wine, about 4500 liters.
And we did the analysis of this and were able to show that it included lots of Levantine spices, like savory, thyme, coriander. And also figs. That’s the only example that we know of figged wine.
It really illustrates how the royalty and the upper class were very much attracted to special fermented beverages. So if you couldn’t get it locally, you would import it. You know it’s sort of like today when we want to show off to our friends.
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