Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture

by Patrick E. McGovern
     
 

The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated. Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the… See more details below

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The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated. Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the vine by drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the texts and art of long-forgotten peoples.

About the Author:
Patrick E. McGovern is a Senior Research Scientist in the Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA) and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691070803
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Edition description:
With a New foreword by Robert G. Mondavi
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1Stone Age Wine1
2The Noah Hypothesis16
3The Archaeological and Chemical Hunt for the Earliest Wine40
4Neolithic Wine!64
5Wine of the Earliest Pharaohs85
6Wine of Egypt's Golden Age107
7Wine of the World's First Cities148
8Wine and the Great Empires of the Ancient Near East167
9The Holy Land's Bounty210
10Lands of Dionysos: Greece and Western Anatolia239
11A Beverage for King Midas and at the Limits of the Civilized World279
12Molecular Archaeology, Wine, and a View to the Future299
Selected Bibliography317
Illustration Credits and Object Dimensions329
Index335

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