2,600-Year-Old Wine Jars, Vanilla and the Book of Jeremiah

Destruction layer in the City of David containing broken wine vessels
Eliyahu Yanai | City of David

Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority have just released surprising findings from a chemical analysis of sixth-century b.c.e. wine jars recently discovered in the City of David: It turns out that Jerusalem’s elites enjoyed their wine with a touch of vanilla.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses details of the discovery as well as some interesting connections to the book of Jeremiah.

Let the Stones Speak

Show notes

New Discovery: Jerusalem Elites Were Imbibing on Vanilla-Laced Wine Before City’s Fall

Journal article: Residue Analysis Evidence for Wine Enriched with Vanilla Consumed in Jerusalem on the Eve of the Babylonian Destruction in 586 B.C.E

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