Modern Science Ancient Wines

Archaeologist Patrick McGovern is searching for the oldest wines in the world—and he's finding them
From the Apr 30, 2002, issue
Since the inception of archaeology as a discipline in the late 19th century, scientists have been digging up the bones of the past. They can analyze stone monuments, skilled metalwork, fine jewelry and pottery, all materials that are often able to withstand the ravages of time and the elements.

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