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Videotaping with small, personal recording devices is allowed for non-commercial use. Visitors may also shoot photographs in the Museum galleries, except where otherwise posted. No unauthorized video or photographic images of the interior of the Museum or the artifacts within may be sold without written approval from the Museum.
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An 8,000-Year-Old Vintage!
Penn Museum Researcher Confirms Earliest Known Evidence of Grape Wine and Viticulture in the World
Penn Museum researcher Dr. Patrick McGovern, Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages and Health, has once again pushed back the beginnings of viticulture and winemaking in the Middle East—to around 6000 BCE. Together with an international, multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists and scientists, he carried out chemical analyses of jars from early Neolithic sites in the Republic of Georgia in the mountainous region of the South Caucasus. This finding is 600-1000 years earlier than the previous earliest chemically confirmed wine jars from Hajji Firuz Tepe in Iran in the Museum’s Near Eastern collection.
Dr. McGovern, who has made a career of finding, analyzing, and interpreting evidence of the important role of alcohol in the history of humankind, was lead author of a new report on this discovery, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, November 13, 2017.
The discovery has been widely reported in the international media. Please see a sampling of articles below.
Read the press release here.
Read the PNAS research article, "Early Neolithic wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus" here.
Find out more about Dr. McGovern's ongoing research here.
The Middle East Galleries
The Penn Museum’s new Middle East Galleries are now open! See what the reviewers have to say:
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The New York Times
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‘One of the most important’ sets of Middle East artifacts unveiled
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Penn Museum opens new Middle East gallery
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Philly Family Focus
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Wilmington News Journal
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Footprints in History: Penn Museum with New Middle East Galleries
Public Radio International (PRI)
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