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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER THE WORLD'S OLDEST WINE

The jar was just an old piece of pottery excavated on an archaeological expedition to Iran back in 1968, deposited in the University of Pennsylvania Museum and more or less forgotten. But when museum researcher Peter McGovern became fascinated by the origins of wine more than two decades later, the ancient stoneware suddenly looked a lot more interesting. It had a yellowish residue on the bottom, and McGovern, an archaeologist and chemist, decided to check it out.

It was wine, all right--but not just any wine. According to a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Nature, the...

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