Tutankhamun was a red wine drinker, according to scientists who
have been studying residue left in wine pitchers in the ancient
Wine was a luxury drink in ancient Egypt and bottles were
labelled with the wine's name, year of harvest, source and even vine
Until now the colour of the wine was unknown, as it dried out
A team of Spanish scientists developed a new technique able to
pinpoint an acid left by compounds in red wine.
The boy king Tutankhamun, who died in about 1324 BC, was, like
his counterparts, buried along with all of the goods and provisions
that the Ancient Egyptians believed their pharaoh would need in the
"In death, the king had to have the same things he had in life,"
Maria Rosa Guasch-Jane, the leader of the Spanish research team,
said. "The Egyptians wanted the dead to have the same food and
objects that they had in life."
These included a number of pitchers containing wine, marked with
details about the wine's provenance, just as a modern vintner would
A jar from Tutankhamun's tomb was marked: "Year 5. Wine of the
House-of-Tutankhamun Ruler-of-the-Southern-on, l.p.h (in) the
Western River. By the chief Vintner Khaa.''
Over the thousands of years between the jars being placed in the
tomb and their being removed and placed in the British Museum in
London and the Egyptian Museum in London, the wine had dried out
completely, giving little clue as to what had once lain within.
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