Lactose Intolerance

Stanley Friesen sarima at
Sat Mar 24 14:19:12 UTC 2001

At 09:33 PM 3/21/01 -0600, philjennings at wrote:
>A companion to this hypothesis is that the Anatolians brought with them not
>just fermented milk products, but the whole idea of fermentation/leavening,
>almost immediately applied to beer and later to bread.  Is there evidence for
>beer in Sumer or Egypt prior to the mid-3rd millennium bce?  (Linguistic or
>otherwise?)  I'm given to understand that there is, and that this companion
>hypothesis fails.

Absolutely.  Beer is a staple food as far back as there is writing in both
Mesopotamia and Egypt.  In fact beer is one of the main foods of the poorer
classes - it was often used as payment for laborers prior to the invention
of money.  (This results in it, or its precursors such as malted grain,
being common in inventory lists).

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