Archeologists uncover an ancient tavern in Lagash, Iraq

Lagash “Tavern” excavation (Photo by Lagash Archaeological Project)

While studying an archaeological dig in Lagash in southern Iraq, scientists uncovered a public eating area they’ve dubbed a “tavern” at the town center. Dating back to 2700 B.C., the site included benches, ancient “zeer” clay refrigeration pots, and storage containers, some containing remnants of food.

“The site was of major political, economic, and religious importance,” Holly Pittman, Penn’s History of Art department professor, told the university. “However, we also think that Lagash was a significant population center that had ready access to fertile land and people dedicated to intensive craft production.”

The ancient Mesopotamian city of Lagash, now known as Tell al-Hiba, is believed to be one of southwest Asia’s earliest cities, having been established between 4,900 and 4,600 years ago and abandoned a thousand years later. Excavations began in the 1980s, but this latest find has proven the most insightful into daily life.

According to Professor Pittman, the city was not only an important political, economic, and religious center. It also supported a large population that produced food and crafts and may have been a critical trade center for the entire region.

Although they have yet to find evidence of any forms of spirits, we are asking for a place in line to sample whatever they find!

Excerpts and quotes from the original article here.