A deposit in Macedonia shows the earliest winemaking in Europe

A deposit in Macedonia shows the earliest winemaking in Europe

In an annual conference the results of the different activities carried out in a Neolithic house in Macedonia and Thrace, currently continuing in Thessaloniki.

A new research session started in 2008 under the direction of Dr. Pascal Darque (Director of Research at CNRS, France, Archeology and Antiquity Sciences, Nanterre), Dr Zoϊ Tsirtsoni (CNRS France Researcher, Archeology and Sciences of the Antiquity), Dr. Chaido Koukouli-Chrysanthaki (Emeritus Director of Antiquities, Kavala) and Dr. Dimitra Malamidou (Ephorate 18 Archaeologist of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities) on which new evidence on the Dikili Tash houses.

Dikili Tash is one of the best documented places to be found in the Balkans on the periods from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. There are many residential remains and unlike most situations, they are kept in good condition.

In one of the recently excavated buildings, baptized with the name of "House 1", which is part of the second half of the fifth millennium (4400 to 4200 BC), large quantities of charred pressed grapes have been found, which indicates that the fresh grapes had been pressed for the production of wine. Several pans, found whole and in pieces, found near the grapes served as containers for contain grapes or wine. This discovery shows the earliest winemaking in Europe.

The microscopic and chemical research is being carried out by Tania Valamoti (Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Archeology, Aristotle University of Therssaloniki) and is funded by National Geographic Society.

More plant species have been found such as wheat and flax, the latter probably being used for oil production.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.


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