- Author: Stephen J. Vasquez
Scientists from UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology are participating in a cave excavation in southern Armenia. Since 2007, they have unearthed a 6000+ year-old wine-making facility, complete with a fermentation vat, a wine press, storage jars, drinking vessels, and remnants of grape seeds and vines. Gregory Areshian, assistant director of the Cotsen Institute and co-director of the excavation, recently published his work in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Areshian suggest that the production of wine was used to honor the dead.
Read more about the findings in the National Geographic article.