View Full Version : Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization, Study Suggests

Friday, December 24th, 2010, 11:05 AM
May beer have helped lead to the rise of civilization? It’s a possibility, some archaeologists say.

Their argument is that Stone Age farmers were domesticating cereals not so much to fill their stomachs but to lighten their heads, by turning the grains into beer. That has been their take for more than 50 years, and now one archaeologist says the evidence is getting stronger.
Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grains despite the hard work needed to make them edible, plus the knowledge that feasts were important community-building gatherings, support the idea that cereal grains were being turned into beer, said archaeologist Brian Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada.
“Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies,” said Hayden, who is planning to submit research on the origins of beer to the journal Current Anthropology.


Friday, December 24th, 2010, 11:13 AM
I like my drink or two every now and again, but I think that's essentially bollocks. No agricultural-based society grows things that take a good measure of cultivation simply to get intoxicated. Chances are they won't have the time for their daily piss-up in the first place.

What I could accept as a valid explanation would be that grain was first grown for ritual use of any type --- whether as beer, or as crop --- and then later became the nutritional basis it is these days. However, again, we have overwhelming evidence that some grain such as oats were already consumed in the Stone Age, as such I'm thinking this to be sensationalist science that's interpreting one or two things incorrect.

Saturday, December 25th, 2010, 12:32 AM
I'm too drunk to read any replies :D

Just kidding.

I think that intoxicants have always been a side hobby of humans and used in many ways (before battle, shamanic trips, medicinal) etc.

I don't think it is what gave rise to civilization, it doesn't hold families together very well :|