Apr. 18th, 2005

ealgylden: (Methos (lanning))
From "Brewing an Ancient Beer," by Solomon H. Katz and Fritz Maytag, in Archaeology, July/August 1991:

"In his contribution to the symposium, Sauer, with simple elegance, explained that for hunter-gatherers the amount of work involved in cultivating grain would not have been worthwhile if the only reward was a little food. The desire for beer, he felt, might have been sufficient incentive for expending the effort to plant and raise the barley, which he believed to be the earliest crop."


Ha! I'm not entirely sure why I found this so funny that I laughed aloud when I read it, but it probably has something to do with the image of Ancient Dude concluding that food, yeah, food is nice, but for the possibility of beer? Let's go invent some agriculture!

I had to use my Methos icon, of course.

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