Updated Oct. 23, 2016


  1. Selected Media Coverage:



Nov.: National Geographic special story on ancient alcoholic beverages



September 26, 2016: Business Insider: Why Alcohol Has Always Played a Role in Human Civilization, by Kevin Loria

September 2016: SOMOS TODOS CERVEJEIROS: Indiana Jones das bebidas desvenda cervejas ancestrais, by Filipe Limas

September 2016: National Geographic: Were Humans Built to Drink Alcohol? and Why I Brew Ancient Beers

September 1, 2016: Jovem Nerd: Especial: Dossiê Hidromel: a bebida dos deuses, by Daniel John Furuno.

August 2016: Les Cahiers Science & Vie: L’aventurier des élixirs perdus, by Betty Mamane.

May 25, 2016: New York Times: China’s Craft Breweries Find They May Have a 5,000-Year-Old Relative, by Austin Ramzy.

May 24, 2016: NPR, The Salt: 5,000-year-old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed, by Madeline K Sofia.

May 23, 2016, National Geographic: 5,000-Year-Old Microbrewery Found in China, by Adam Hoffman.

May 23, 2016, AFP: Ancient Chinese Pottery Reveals 5,000-yr-old Beer Brew, by Jean-Louis Santini.

May 17, 2016: edible PHILLY: Reviving Ancient Ales, by Katherine Rapin.

April, 2016: Sciences et Avenir: L’Indiana Jones de la vigne et du vin, by Rachel Mulot.

April 17, 2016: Encore/Vins: Aux origines du vin, by Pierre Thomas.

March 25, 2016: fastcodesign.com: Museums Lure A New Generation of Patrons Through Their Stomachs, by Mark Wilson.

March, 2016: Sciences et Avenir: Review of Naissance de la vigne et du vin, by Rachel Mulot.

March-May, 2016: Vigneron: Review of Naissance de la vigne et du vin.

March-May, 2016: LeRouge&leBlanc: Review of Naissance de la vigne et du vin, by J.-M G.

April, 2016: Reussir Vigne: Review of Naissance de la vigne et du vin, by Mathilde Leclercq.

May, 2016: La revue du vin de France: Review of Naissance de la vigne et du vin, by Michael Dovaz.

May 5, 2016: Courier-Post: Penn Museum Exhibit has Midas Touch, by Sally Friedman.

May 4, 2016: BillyPenn:  You Can’t Get Ticket for the “Indiana Jones” of Beer at the Penn Museum, by Marcos Espinoza.

May/June 2016: Pennsylvania Gazette: Beyond the Golden Touch, by Julia M. Klein.

May 5, 2016: Ancient Ales with Dogfish Head Brewery: 6:00 pm @ Penn Museum.

April 4, 2016: Foobooz: Taste Ancient Ales with Dogfish Head at the Penn Museum, by Kelly Alderfer.

March 25, 2016: fastcodesign.com: Museums Lure A New Generation Of Patrons Through Their Stomachs, by Mark Wilson

March, 2016: Czas Wina: Poszukiwacz zaginionych win (research profile in Polish), by Lukasz Wojnarowicz.



Dec., 2015:      the.black.sheep: Origins of Alcohol, Part I: Jiahu, by D. J. Lewis.

Oct., 2015:      Discover: A Scientist Walks Into a Bar, by Todd Pitock.

Sept. 30, 2015: Wine Spectator: Veni, Vidi, Vinum, by “Dr. Vinny.”June 9, 2015: Scientific American Espanol: Arqueólogos resucitan bebidas alcohólicas del pueblo azteca, by Gary Stix.

Summer, 2015: Martha Stewart Weddings: 50 Born-in-the-USA Flavors, Delaware: Midas Touch is “liquid gold.”

April 14, 2015: St. John’s (Newfoundland) Telegraph: Beer lovers’ big event, by Mike Buhler

April 14, 2015: National Geographic: Ghost of the Vine: In Georgia, science probes the roots of winemaking.  National Geographic Society Out Of Eden Walk, by Paul Salopek

April 21, 2015: New Scientist, 19th-century champagne haul shows seabed is perfect wine cooler, by Catherine Brahic

April 20, 2015: Chemical & Engineering News, 170-Year-Old-Champagne-Cache Analyzed, by Sarah Everts

April 20, 2015: Nature: Cheesy, metallic, sweet: 170-year-old champagne is clue to winemaking’s past, by Allie Wilkinson

March 27, 2015: China Daily: Chinese liquor explored, by Lia Zhu.

March 23, 2015: Illustreret Videnskab (Science Illustrated): Hvornår blev alkohol opfundet?

March 1, 2015: The Scientist: Falling Out of the Family Tree, by Jef Akst

Feb. 18, 2015:  Craft Beer and Brewing: How Women Brewsters Saved the World, by Tara Nurin

Jan. 13, 2015: Times-Picayune: Etruscan scholars gather in New Orleans for Archaeological Institute of America conference and drink an ancient ale, by Todd A. Price

Jan. 19, 2015: WineBusiness.com: Is Azerbaijan the 2nd Oldest Wine Region?, by Liz Thach

Jan. 15, 2015: Craftbeer.com: Amphora: Ancient Vessel, Modern Beer, by Andy Elliott

Jan. 8, 2015: San Francisco Wine School Insider Interview with David Furer

Jan. 8, 2015: Bioscience Technology: Pros and Cons: Alcohol Consumption for 10M Years, by Cynthia Fox

2015: Hot Rum Cow (Issue 6 – The Future Issue): Chin-chin: From Chalice to Crystal, by Christina McPherson

Winter 2014/2015: edible Philly (no. 5): Message in a Bottle, by Meeri Kim



Dec. 25, 2014: NPR, The Salt: What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks, by Lynnsay Maynard

Dec. 18, 2014: Joe Sixpack: Christmas Beer Celebrates the Birth of the Sun, by Don Russell

Dec. 12, 2014: Spektrum der Wisenschaft: Met & Co. – Alkopops bei den Nordmännern, by Annine Fuchs

Nov., 2014: All About Beer (Vol. 35, Issue 5): Beer Innovators

Nov., 2014: Malibu Magazine (Vol. 12, Issue 6): 10 x 10 Interview

Nov. 5, 2014: ZTFNews.org: Evidencia química del consumo de cerveza en la antigüedad

Oct. 3, 2014: Financial Times of London: A Thirst for Ancient Beer and Wine, by Emma Jacobs

Sept. 30, 2014: Modern Farmer: The Mead You Need, by Rebecca Katzman

Summer, 2014: Wired: New Trend Ale-rt: Kvasir

July 10, 2014: Geekadelphia: Philly Geek Awards: Catching up with Dr. Pat McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania Museum, by Justin Mummert

July 9, 2014: Lansing Michigan News: Michigan is ‘epicenter’ of mead making: Ancient alcoholic drink comes from honey, by Matthew Miller

June 6, 2014: Newsweek: The Science of Booze, by Victoria Bekiempis

May-June, 2014: Archaeology: Recreating Nordic Grog, by Katherine Sharpe

May 22, 2014: Political Ration: Prehistoric People Liked To Drink Alcohol And Do Drugs, But Probably For Religious Reasons

May 17, 2014: Harvard Political Review: To Ferment and Foment, by Olivia Zhu

April 30, 2014: Munchies: The Man Who Brings Ancient Beers to Life, by Myles Karp

April 8, 2014: Archaeology: Recreating Nordic Grog, by Katherine Sharpe

April, 2014: Wine & Spirits: The Ancient Grog of the Scandinavians, by Erik Tennyson

March 12, 2014: Word Magician’s Kitchen: Reviving the Imbibing of Bygone Brews, by the Word Magician

Feb., 2014: Vinforum: Vin fra Orienten, by Stefanie BrinkmannFeb. 4, 2014: Penn Current: Penn Museum researcher finds ancient Scandinavian ‘grog,’ by Katherine Unger Baillie

Feb. 4, 2014: Philadelphia Inquirer: Early Scandinavians were not wine barbarians, by Tom Avril

Jan. 31-Feb. 28, 2014: Wine Spectator, quoted in Archaeologists Unearth 3,700-Year-Old Wine Cellar, and elsewhere (NBCNews.com, Wine Spectator, New York Times by John Noble Wilford, AP by Malcolm Ritter, etc.)

Jan. 26, 2014: Der Spiegel: Göttliches Gebräu, by Angelika Franz

Jan. 16, 2014: 3,000-Year-Old Grog Tradition Discovered in Scandinavia + Where to Find a Modern Version in L.A., by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

Jan. 14, 2014: 7x7SF: The Newest Old Brew from Dogfish Head is Coming to a Beer Cooler Near You, by Scott Mansfield.

Jan. 14, 2014: LiveScience: Ancient Nordic Grog Intoxicated the Elite, by Stephanie Pappas.  World-wide coverage followed.

Winter 2014: Etruscan News, vol. 16, p. 14: The Etruscan Introduction of Winemaking to France

Jan./Feb. 2014: The Atlantic: The Archaeology of Beer, by Wayne Curtis



Dec. 19, 2013: Nautilus: Beer Domesticated Man, by Gloria Dawson

Nov. 2013: USAirwaysmag: A Taste of Honey, by Nick Passmore

Sept. 29, 2013: fangea: Beer, our first biotechnology, by Janet Fang

April 23, 2013: Urban Beer Nerd, Trouble Brewing, by Arne Frantzell

April 9, 2013: BeerSweden, Ancient Ales & Tales as Dogfish Head visits OT!, by Darren               Packman

March/April 2013: Moment, Talk of the Table: Wine: Ambrosia of the Jews, by Sala Levin

March 31, 2013: Wine Spectator, The Quest to Uncover Wine’s Origins, by Suzanne Mustacich

Feb.-March, 2013: Philly Beer Scene, Dr. Pat and Quest for the Bygone Beers, by Patrick Ridings

Feb., 2013: Etruscan News, The Brewing of Etruscan Beer, by Jane Whitehead

Jan. 14, 2013: Penn News, After Six Decades, Penn Archaeologists Carry on a Tradition of Research and Discovery in Turkey, by Katherine Unger Baillie

Jan. 30, 2013: Le Progrès de Lyon, Viticulture. Le vin cherche ses origines dans le sud-est de la Turquie.



Dec. 23, 2012: Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, Drink, by Craig LaBan.

Dec. 17, 2012: NewsWorks, Northwest Philadelphia residents learn about and taste ancient brews during Cliveden event, by Karl Biemuller

Dec. 14, 2012: NewsWorks, Ancient brews and history on tap for Friday night Cliveden event, by Karl Biemuller

Dec. 12, 2012: Winespectator.com, The Quest for Wine’s Origins, by Suzanne Mustacich

Nov. 27, 2012: Agence France-Presse (AFP), DNA sleuth hunts wine roots in Anatolia, by Suzanne Mustacich

Oct. 16, 2012: Washington Post, What Hot Peppers Do for a Brew, by Greg Kitsock

Oct. 16, 2012: Foobooz. com, Drinking Ancient Beers (and Learning Stuff!) in South Jersey, by Tara Nurin

Sept. 19, 2012: Courier Post, Taste for History, by Renee Winkler

August 3, 2012:  Wall Street Journal, Joke Jugs, Grand Goblets: A Toast to Tippling Tradition, by Anna Russell.

July 2012: Wayward Tendrils Quarterly, The History and Culture of Wine, by Kathleen Burk.

June 2012: Bira (Turkish beer magazine), The Origins of Beer in the Fertile Crescent, by Yavuz Sac.

May 12, 2012: Ezra Magazine (Cornell U.), Biomolecular Archaeologist Uncorks World’s Oldest Known Grape Wine, by Stacey Shackford.

May, 2012: EOS-Science: Het bier van de farao [Dutch] and La bière du roi Midas [French], by Teake Zuidema.

March 20, 2012: Nebraska Beer, Uncorking the Past (Joslyn Museum), by Nick Spies.

Feb. 27, 2012: BBC Mundo, Las cervezas más antiguas del mundo, by Dalia Ventura

Feb. 7, 2012: New York Times, So Old It’s New, Mead Enjoys a Renaissance, byMichael Sanders.

Dec. 2011-Jan., 2012: WineMaker, Wine Archaeologist, by Wes Hagen.



Dec. 1-7, 2011: Courrier international, L’aventurier de l’ivresse perdue [French translation of Dig, Drink and Be Merry, by Abigail Tucker, below]

Nov. 29, 2011, Washington Post: Beer, Like They Used to Make It, by Daniel Fromson

Nov. 6, 2011: Huntsville Times, Built with Beer: Archaeologist to discuss beer’s vital role in the development of civilization at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, by Anne Marie Martin

Nov. 3, 2011: Maclean’s, Drink Like an Egyptian, by Jessica Allen

Sept. 2011: All About Beer, Getting Primitive: Trekking Beer Through Religion, by Matt Stinchfield

Sept. 6, 2011: Slate Magazine, Beer Archaeologist: Tasting World History, by Christine Ziemba

Aug. 15, 2011: Newsweek (Polish ed.), Ferment Historii, by Magdalena Frender-Majewska

July-August, 2011: Smithsonian, Dig, Drink and Be Merry, by Abigail Tucker

July 25, 2011: Palate Press, Fermentation, Civilization: How History and Human Thirst Go Hand in Hand, by Emily Towe

July 5, 2011: Irish Edition (Philadelphia), Barbara Nolan: “Midas Touch–Uncorking the Past”

April 30, 2011:  Sommelier Journal, pp. 36-40, Interview by Laura Taxel

April/May, 2011: Mid-Atlantic Brewing News: “The Beers That Time Forgot”

Apr. 19, 2011: SPIEGEL ONLINE, “Archäologie: Ägypter nutzten Kräuterwein als Medizin”

March, 2011: VINUM, Jäger des verlorenen Weins, p. 12

Feb.-April 2011: HerbalGram, Ashley Lindstrom, “Archaeological Oncology Project Uncovers Cancer-Fighting Compounds in Ancient Herbal Beverages,” 89: 15-16

Jan.-Feb. 2011: Mental Floss, Golden Lobe Award for Nerdiest Beer, 10: 44

Dagens Nyheter: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

Jan. 11, 2011, Areni (Armenia) earliest winery story, as follows:

Associated Press (nationwide), Randolph E. Schmid:, “Earliest known winery found in Armenian cave”

LA Times, Thomas Maugh: “Ancient winery found in Armenia”

Washington Post, Marc Kaufman: “Ancient winemaking operation unearthed in Armenian cave”

New York Times, Pam Belluck: “Cave Drops Hints to Earliest Glass of Red”

National Geographic News on-line, James Owen: “Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave: Barefoot winemakers likely worked in cave where oldest leather shoe was found”

Wall Street Journal, Robert Lee Hotz, “Perhaps a Red, 4,100 B.C.”

Reuters, Maggie Fox, “At 6,000 years old, wine press is oldest yet found”

Wine Spectator: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44319



Jan. 3, 2010: “Grist: The Stone Age Rocked, if You Liked Your Liquor,“ Week in Review, New York Times

Jan. 15, 2010: Michael Kan, “The Pivotal Pint: Did a Thirst For Beer Spark Civilization?”

Jan. 19, 2010: BarBEERians, “An Alcoholic Motivation”

Jan. 30, 2010: Rosemary E. Bachelor, Suite 101, “Historic Relationship Between Religion & Alcohol”

Jan./Feb., 2010: The Pennsylvania Gazette, cover story, 34-41, “Man, The Drinker,” by Trey Popp

Biomolecular archaeologist and Penn Museum researcher Patrick McGovern Gr’80 has found some of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to history, and he wants you to take a glug.  They might just be responsible for civilization as we know it. (Not to mention your next hangover.)

Feb. 2, 2010: Carolyn Smagalski, BellaOnline, “Ancient Ales for Modern Man”

Feb., 2010: Guilherme Rosa, “Movidos a álcool,” Galileu (Brazilian “Scientific American”)

May, 2010: Christopher Catling, “Does civilisation start with beer?” Current Archaeology, p. 44

July 22, 2010: Summer Pennsylvanian (front page): “Ancient Drinks Fight Cancer”

Oct. 5, 2010: Georges Duvernet,  “Une boisson civilisatrice,” Côte-d’Or, p. 7

Oct. 7, 2010: Herald-Tribune on-line, “9,000-year-old beer gets modern debut”

Dec. 13, 2010: BBC, Radio 5 Live, Asia-Pacific, 2400-year-old Chinese “soup”

Dec. 28, 2010: Associated Press (nationwide), Allen G. Breed, “Mead, drink of Vikings, comes out of the Dark Ages”



BBC web (Victoria Gill)

HealthDay (Ed Edelson)

Science News (Solmaz Barazesh)

Philadelphia Inquirer science and health front page (Tom Avril)

Associated Press around the world, all major newspapers in U.S. (Ron Todt)

Scientist (Margaret Guthrie)

National Geographic Society website (Brian Handwerk)

Discovery (Jennifer Viegas)

Voice of America around the world (Jessica Berman)

ScienceNow website (Mike Price)

About.com (K. Kris Hirst)

Australian Broadcasting interview with Ross Solley (live)

Spektrum der Wissenschaft

Daily Mail

Der Spiegel

Daily Pennsylvanian

Chef’s Table, WHYY: Chinese rice wines

Chemical Heritage Foundation podcast: beer and brewing

Numerous other TV, radio, and web outlets around the world

Oct. 2009: Margaret Guthrie, “Tippling through the ages,” The Scientist

Oct. 9, 2009: “Craft brewers offer a taste of history,” Joe Sixpack, Philadelphia Daily News



Penn Current, Dec. 6, 2007, front page

Discover, April 2008, p. 15

New York Times, Nov. 11, 2007 [Henry Fountain] and Dec. 11, 2007 [Natalie Angier’s column in Science Times]

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 11, 2007 [Thomas Maugh]

Washington Post

Almanac Dec. 11, 2007, p. 5

Daily Pennsylvanian, Dec. 11, 2007, front page

Daily Telegraph [Roger Highfield]

Globe and Mail

HealthDayNew York Times syndicated around the country

Chemistry World, Nov. 19, 2007, 85(47): 11

Chemical & Engineering News

The Daily Californian [Berkeley]

Archaeology on-line [Eric Powell]

National Geographic News

Science Daily

Reuters News around the world


New Scientist on-line

Institute of Maya Studies Newsletter

Philadelphia Daily News

Research profiled in The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2008: “A Better Brew” by Burkhard Bilger.


Pre-2007 Research Profiles:

2007: Before Dionysus [memorable wine], The World of Fine Wine, issue 18: 74-77, by Blake Edgar.

Feb. 9, 2006, pp. 9-11: Daily Pennsylvanian, “Brewing the Past,” 34th St. feature, by S. Morse

Nov. 2005, vol. 26 (11): 54-59: Discover, “Stone Age Beer,” by Larry Gallagher

Feb. 2005: TIME Express Monthly (Taiwan), “Ch. Jiahu, with Hawthorn Accents”

Feb. 2004: TIME Asia, “The First Vintage”

2005: Populär Historia (Sweden)

2004: National Geographic News on-line, “First Wine?: Archaeologist Traces Drink to Stone Age,” by William Cocke

Aug. 15, 2003: Chronicles of Higher Education 49:49: A16-A17, “Château Néolithique: Whence Wine?,” by Richard Monastersky

Sept. 6, 2003: New Scientist 179.2411: 49, “The Word: Chinese Retsina”

Nov. 2003: Penn in Practice: ancient wine research highlighted on Univ. of Pennsylvania main webpage

Nov. 7, 2003: Times Higher Education Supplement, no. 1614: 18-19: “Vintage Brews Get the Midas Touch,” as part of molecular science article.

Nov. 24, 2003: Time 162.21: 60-61, “The First Vintage,” by Madeleine Nash

April 30, 2002, vol. 27(1): 133-35: Wine Spectator, “Modern Science, Ancient Wines,” by Lynn Alley


Pre-2007 Media Coverage (including feature stories, syndicated services, internet, radio, and TV)

Africa:      Mail & Guardian

Austria:    Blue Danube Radio

Australia: Gold Coast Bulletin

Canada:     “Chronicle” (PBS), Discovery, Discovery Channel Canada, Globe and Mail       (Toronto), and Toronto Star.

China:       Xinhua (China News Agency)

England:   BBC Live 5, Chemistry and Industry, Daily Telegraph, Focus, The Guardian, The Independent, Channel 4    “King Midas’ Feast” program, Manchester Guardian, New Scientist, The Observer, Times of London, Three BM  “Midas Revealed” (Discovery Network), The Times of London, and  “Tomorrow’s World” (British Broadcasting Service).

Denmark: Illusteret Videnshab

Europe:    The European and Features Photo Library.

France:    Aventures de l’histoire, French wire service, Info Science, Le Monde, Pour la science                and Science et Vie.

Germany: Axel-Springer Publishing, Focus, GEO Explorer, Spektrum der                        Wissenschaft, and Der Stern.

Greece:    major Athens newspapers (including special Kathmerin Sunday insert), Cretan      Television, and Greece in Print.

India:      The Statesman

Italy:         Avvenire and Famiglia Cristiana

Norway:  Forskning

                                            Japan:      Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News Service.

                                            Jordan:    Jordan Television and Jordan Times.

South America: Features Photo Library and Terra Sancta (Brazil).

Spain:       El Mundo, El Nuevo dia Interactivo, ESE News, La Vanguardia, and Nature of            Labor.

Sweden: Elusterets Videnscab and Svenska Dagbladet.

Turkey:   Arkeoloji ve Senat and Turkish Times.

USA:       ABC.com, American Cable Network, Archaeology, Biophotonics, Bloomsberg News Wire, Bon Appétit, Chef’s Table” (PBS), Chemical and Engineering News, ChemMatters, Chronicle of Higher Education, Cuizine, Curiosities: Nontrivial Questions in Science, Discover, Discover on-line, Discovery.com, Environment Show (PBS), Food Arts, Forbes, History Channel “A Brief History of Wine,” Journal of Chemical Education, KYW Newsradio, LA Times, MSNBC.com, Napa News, National Geographic, Nature on-line, New York Times, New York Times-National Geographic Channel “King Midas Funerary Feast” program, “Morning Edition” (PBS), National Geographic Society on-line, Newsday (Long Island), “Off the Cuff” (WSNJ), Pennsylvania Gazette, People’s Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Reader’s Digest, San Francisco Chronicle, “Science Editor” (CBS), Science News, Science Update (PBS), Saveur,  Science, Science News, The Sciences, Scientific American Discovering Archaeology, Scientific American on-line, Time, “Timeout for Fine Wines” (WFLN), “Today Show” (NBC), “Don Pollec’s World” (Philadelphia TV6), USA Today, US News and World Report, Viva, Washington Post, What’s Happening in Chemistry, Wine Spectator, and Yahoo! News.

World:           Associated Press International, International Herald Tribune, BBC World-Service (“BBC Science,” “The World Today,” and programs throughout Australia, the Middle East, Central Asia, etc.), CNN, CNN.com, Press Association Pennsylvania, Reuters, and Voice of America.


Pre-2007 Book reviews of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton: Princeton University, 2003)

Sept. 25, 2003: Philadelphia Inquirer, by Deborah Scoblionkov

Nov. 2003: History Today

Nov. 2003: Natural History, by Laurence A. Marschall

Nov. 22, 2003: Financial Times, by Jancis Robinson

Nov. 30, 2003: Boston Herald

Dec. 2003: historytoday.com

Dec. 2003: Wine and Spirits, by Tara Q. Thomas

Dec. 4, 2003: Toronto Star, by Gordon Stimmell

Dec. 8, 2003: New Statesman, by Roger Scruton

Dec. 14, 2003: Trenton Times

Dec. 15, 2003: Wine Enthusiast 1614: 53, by K. Berman.

Dec. 28, 2003: Wisconsin State Journal, by Chris Martell

Jan. 2004: BBC History Magazine, by David Keyes

Feb. 2004: BookLoons website (http//www.bookloons.com/cgi-bin/Review.asp?bookid=2666), by Hilary Williamson

March/April 2004: Archaeology 57.2: 56-57, by Spencer Harrington

May/June 2004: American Scientist

Oct. 2004: Wayward Tendrils Quarterly 14.4: 16-17, by Allan Shields.

Economic Botany 53 (2004): 487-88, by M. Patrick Griffith.

Winter, 2005: The Tropical Garden 60.1: 24, by Jeremy Davit.

Cornell Arts & Sciences Newsletter.

N.B. Many other newspapers carried some of these reviews around the country, especially highlighting the findings on the Caucasus (e.g.,  Dec. 2003 article by London newspaper Independent, by David Keyes; Jan. 2004 article, “In Nation of Georgia, Vintners Struggle to Return,“ by Alex Friedrich; Raleigh News and Observer, etc.).


Pre-2007 Interviews:

Sept. 30, 2003:            “The World,” PBS nationwide

Nov. 20, 2003:            “Into the Night,” Bogota, Columbia

Dec., 2003:                  “MicrobeWorld” (stations nationwide and archived website)

Dec. 1, 2003:               “Up All Night,” Live 5, London, England

Dec. 23, 2003:             “Radio Times,” WHYY

Dec. 29, 2003:             “Living History” (Voice of America, stations nationwide, and archived



  1. Special Lectures and Keynote Addresses:


Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in conjunction with exhibit “From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry” (Alcoholic Beverages ss the Universal Medicine before Synthetics)

Juniata College (PA) Chemistry Dept. and American Chemical Society (Uncorking the Past:

A Biomolecular Archaeological Perspective)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UPenn Prevention Research Center

(ancient ales)

Sedgeley Club (Midas beverage)

University of Mainz (Germany): ancient fermented beverages

Book tour in France for Uncorking the Past

Additional programs and lectures related to publication of new book in June 2017, Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created, including Philadelphia Free Library, Penn Museum, Dogfish Head Brewery (Rehoboth, DE), etc.



Exxon-Mobil Research Club (First Biotechnology)

University of California at Davis (Ancient China)

Smithsonian Institution (Indiana Jones exhibit)

Canadian Archaeological Association in Newfoundland, Canada (fermented beverages)

Saving Tyre (Lebanon) conference in Washington, DC (Royal Purple and wine)

St. Louis Beekeepers conference (meadmaking)

World Science Festival in NYC

Penn Medicine otorhinolarynologists

International Alcoholic Beverage Culture & Technology Symposium in Taiyuan (China), Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the newly opened San Francisco Wine School.



Explorer series lecture, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Honey and Mead Festival keynote, St. Louis

DeLand (Florida) Craft Beer Week keynote

ALLELE (Evolution Working Group) keynote, University of Alabama

Confucius Institute keynote, University of California Davis

World Science Festival (NYC)

Canadian Archaeological Association keynote and Beerthiefs, Newfoundland, Canada

American Committee for Tyre, Library of Congress

Penn otorhinolarynologists, Museum



Feb. 7-11, 2014: organizational meeting of the principal collaborators in a new multi-year, multidisciplinary ancient wine project, funded by the government of Georgia in the Caucasus, focused on the beginnings of viniculture, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Australian Society for Microbiology keynote and talks in Melbourne, Adelaide (Australian Wine Research Institute), Perth, and Sydney.

World Science Festival (Brooklyn, NY)

Tales of the Cocktail keynote, New Orleans

“Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past,” podcast, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Phila.

Penn periodontists, Northeast Phila. and Center City

Philly Homebrew Club, Christ Church, Phila.

Northwest China Council, Portland, OR

Cornell-Penn Alumni, Lancaster, PA

Newlin Grist Mill, Delaware County, keynote for ancient and colonial beer conference

Stanford University, Archaeological Institute of America

American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Arnold Arboretum (Harvard University)



Jan. 24-26, 2013: keynote lecture on “Molecular Archaeology: Past Accomplishments, Future Prospects,” on occasion of the 25th anniversary of “Beers of the World,” jointly sponsored by Chemistry and Anthropology Depts., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

March 13, 2013: New Castle Historical Society, New Castle, DE.

April 12, 2013: “The Quest for Wine’s Origins,” Cliveden House, Germantown, Philadelphia.

April 26, 2013: “The Origins of Viniculture,” Iron Horse Winery, Leakey Foundation, San Francisco, CA.

May 30, 2013: World Science Festival, “Back to the Future,” Brooklyn, NY.

July 17-20, 2013: Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA

Aug. 17, 2013: Philly Geek Award nomination for Scientist of the Year, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

Sept. 7, 2013: Cantina Soave special wine celebration, Italy

Sept. 21, 2013: St. Augustine (FL) Lighthouse Museum

Oct. 8, 2013: Los Alamos Historical Society

Oct. 13, 2013: Barnes Foundation

Oct. 23, 2013: Philomathean Society, University of Pennsylvania

Oct. 31, 2013: Jiahu (China) conference

Nov. 12, 2013: Dickinson College

Nov. 18, 2013: Horsham (PA) Library

Nov. 19, 2013: Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College

Dec. 5, 2013: Guadalajara (Mexico) Book Fair and new project on pre-Hispanic, native distillation

Dec. 9, 2013: Delaware County Institute of Science



Jan. 5: opening night address at the annual Archaeological Institute of America conference in Philadelphia.

Feb. 1: Penn Museum Scholars talk, Penn Museum.

Feb. 10: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts talk, Richmond, VA.

March 2: Willistown Conservation Trust, Willistown, PA

March 15: Joslyn Art Museum talk, Omaha, NB.

March 29: keynote address on Biomolecular Archaeology at West Chester University Research Day, West Chester, PA.

April 17: Archaeological Institute of America lecture in Ottawa, Canada.

April 19: program for Pharmacogenomics Research Network and Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Museum.

May 1-4: special talk at Cornell University’s enology and viticulture dept., together with horticulture and food science depts., Ithaca, NY; collaboration at the Experiment Station  in Geneva.

May 17: Winterthur Museum, opening of “Corked” exhibit.

May 31-June 1, 2012: Cheers to Science!  World Science Festival special fermentation program, Birreria, Eataly, New York City.

Sept. 20-21, 2012: special program on ancient fermented beverages for Et Cetera Conference, Brooklyn.

Sept. 22-23, 2012: Golden Lobe Award (Mental Floss) for Idea Festival, Louisville, KY.

Oct. 25-31, 2012: special program on beer fermentation and premier of early Etruscan fermented beverage, Salon del Gusto, Torino, Italy.

Nov. 7-10, 2012: keynote presentation on “Origins of Wine” at European Wine Bloggers Conference (Izmir, Turkey)

Nov. 11-18, 2012: lectures for Stellenbosch University (mini-symposium sponsored by the Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Department of Ancient Studies, and Department of Viticulture and Oenology) and South African Society for Enology and Viticulture, Winelands, South Africa.

Nov. 19-21, 2012: lectures at Helmholtz Center and Weihenstephan Brewery, Munich, Germany.

Nov. 29-30, 2012: lecture on “Molecular Archaeology: Past Accomplishments, Future Prospects,” jointly sponsored by Chemistry and Anthropology Depts. at Cornell University, coordinated by Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Roald Hoffmann, and John Henderson of Anthropology, Ithaca, NY.

Dec. 6-7, 2012: “Uncorking the Past” lecture, Kelso Bible Lands Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.

Dec. 5 and 12, 2012: Continuing Education talks on “ancient anaesthetics and analgesics” for dental periodontology group of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, northeast and center city, Philadelphia.

Dec. 13, 2012: “Uncorking the Past” lecture, Quadrangle Retirement Home, Haverford, PA.

Dec. 14, 2012: “Uncorking the Past” lecture, Cliveden House, Germantown, Philadelphia.



Feb. 8-14: From East to West: The Ancient Near Eastern “Wine Culture” Travels Land and Sea, Patrimonio cultural de la vid y el vino conference, Almendraleuo, Spain.  Edited vs. submitted for publication.

Feb. 24-28: Turkey: The Birthplace of Wine?, “Wines of Turkey” conference, London.

March 14: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University: students in the aisles.

March 31: University of Rochester, Memorial Art Museum

April 6-11: Archaeological Institute of America lectures in Salem, Oregon and Santa Rosa, CA; special program for the Napa Valley Wine Reserve.

May 4: The “King Midas” Funerary Feast and Beyond, Friends of Inana (Dept. of Ancient Near Eastern Art) and the American Turkish Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

May 7-11: Working groups for wine museum in Beqa`a valley (Lebanon), Beirut.

June 3-6: Getty Institute, Malibu, CA: sold out crowd for 2 nights at the Villa.

July 10: Silk Road auction “Wine and Dine” dinner at Joanne Conrad’s, developed by the Women’s Committee and Susan Catherwood.

Sept. 12-19: keynote for International Qvevri (Ancient Georgian) Wine, Alaverdi Monastery, Georgia.

Sept. 23-Oct. 8: taught intensive course in Molecular Archaeology at University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Oct. 28-30: special lecture for Curt Beck Symposium, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Nov. 9-10: Archaeological Institute of America lectures in Huntsville, AL.

Nov. 14: lecture for engineering series at Goddard Space Center, Beltsville, MD.

Dec. 3: keynote for “Of Vines and Wines: The Production and Consumption of Wine in Anatolian Civilizations through the Ages”, Koc University, Instanbul.



Sept. 14-21, 2010: Iranian Wine at the “Dawn of Viniculture, “Viticulture and Wine in Iran and Neighbouring Countries” conference, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, ViennaEdited vs. submitted for publication.

Sept. 28-Oct. 11: UNESCO conference (“Culture et Traditions du Vin”) at Clos Vougeot , Burgundy.

Nov. 22-29: Funerary Feasts: An Archaeological and Chemical Perspective, “Symbole der Toten” conference, Tübingen, Germany.

Dec. 1-3: Smithsonian Institution and Penn Alumni, Middle Atlantic Regional Advisory Board, Washington, D.C.

Dec. 8-10: Dallas Art Museum.

Dec. 17: China Institute, NYC.



School for Advanced Research, inaugural address in “Anthropology of Food” series: special article appeared on front page of Taste section of The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Wine History Foundation and National Museum: Tblisi, Georgia.

“Uncorking the Past,” held at the Museum on October 8, 2009.

“Two Luxury Items of the Canaanites and Phoenicians: Royal Purple and Wine,” League of the Canaan, Phoenician and Punic Cities conference, Byblos, Lebanon, United Nations and “Save Tyre” Foundation.

Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City (MD).

AIA lectures in Toronto, Cleveland, Fresno, and Santa Cruz.

Penn Alumni lectures in Florida and Georgia.



Penn Alumni Club, Singapore

Penn Alumni Club, Hong Kong

Chevaliers du Tastevin (Burgundy wine association), via Bruce Mainwaring

International and Interdisciplinary Symposium on “Cultural Studies of Wine in China and Germany,“ University of Mainz, Germany



Ancient Ales dinner, NPR/PBS on-air fund-raiser and special event.

AIA anniversary gala, New York City: re-created beverages profiled

1st International Symposium on “Cultural Studies in China and Germany,” Germersheim

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Geological Society of America

TASTEconference and 40th anniversary of the Robert Mondavi Winery

“Ancient Terroir,” Terroir 2006, Robert Mondavi Institute, University of California at Davis

Introduction to special program on King Tut’s red wine, British Museum

Special lecture for James Breasted fellows, Oriental Institute, Chicago

Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana

Musée gallo-romain, Lyon (France), in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, Le Vin: Nectar des dieux, genie des hommes, including the earliest wine jar from the Penn Museum)

Silk Road Foundation, Stanford University

Archaeological Institute of American, Princeton University

Penn Club, New York City

American Museum of Natural History, “Global Kitchen,” New York City

Université de Bourgogne, INRA (Dijon)

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

International Association of the History of the Vine and Wine, Haro, Spain

First International Congress on Beer in Prehistory and Antiquity, University of Barcelona (Spain)

COPIA (“Food as Power” symposium and “Wine Weekend”)

University of Wine (Dijon)

Smithsonian Institution

Athenaeum (Philadelphia)

Bard Graduate Center (New York City)

Culinary Historians

University of California at Davis

7th International Congress on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, June 17, 1998, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  1. J. Murdock Charitable Trust College Science Conference, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, Nov. 2, 2001.

Master Brewers Association of America, Yards Brewery, Philadelphia, March 8, 2002.

American Chemical Society annual meeting, “Archaeological Chemistry,” Orlando, FL, April 9, 2002.

Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, “Wine and the Vine: New Archaeological and Chemical Perspectives on Its Earliest History,” Bacchus to the Future, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada., May 25, 2002.

6th International Conference of Ancient DNA and Associated Bio-Molecules, ‘Wine and the Eurasian Grape: A Molecular Archaeological Perspective on Their Origins and Earliest History in the Near East,” Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Weizmann Institute, Israel, July 23, 2002.

Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale, “Wine and the Eurasian Grape: Archaeological and Chemical Perspectives on Their Origins,” Lullier, Jussy, Switzerland, sponsored by the Academie Suisse du Vin, Oct. 20, 2002.

“Food as Power” symposium, “Conspicuous Consumption: Ancient Feasting and Drinking,” Center for Wine, Food & the Arts/COPIA, Napa, CA, Feb. 8, 2003.

Wine Weekend, “Wine and the Vine,” COPIA, Napa, CA, Sept. 20, 2003.


Other Lectures and Presentations pre-2007:

Austria:       University of Vienna

China:           University of Science and Technology in China (Hefei, Anhui), International             Alcoholic Beverage Culture and Technology Symposium (Xian), University of Shandong, and International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics (Shanghai).

Denmark:    Copenhagen

England:      British Museum, Institute of Archaeology (London), Palestine Exploration Fund         (London), and University of Bradford.

France:        Lyon

Germany:    Archaeological Institute (Berlin) and Tübingen.

Greece:        University of Crete and Museum of Herakleion.

Israel:          Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Haifa University, and Hebrew University.

Jordan:        Amman and University of Yarmou (Irbid).

Norway:      University of Oslo

Spain:          Autonomous University of Madrid

Sweden:       Chalmers Technical University (Gothenburg), Mediterranean Museum                                               (Stockholm), University of Lund, and University of Uppsala.

Switzerland:  Higher Specialized College of Western Switzerland (Centre horticole de Lullier,


U.S.:             Annual meetings of American Ceramic Society, American Ceramic Society, American Chemical Society, American Schools of Oriental Research, and Archaeological Institute of America; American Research Institute in Turkey; NEH Summer Institute; Archaeological Congress; Book and the Cook (Philadelphia), including Wines, Waters, and Beers of the World, and Historically Drinking: Beers Past and Present; Delaware County Institute of Science; Hartwick College; Johns Hopkins University Master Brewers Association of America; New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium; New York University (Institute of Fine Arts); Ohio Wesleyan University; Spectroscopy Forum of Delaware Valley;  Synagogues of Delaware County; University of California at Berkeley (International Group for the Study of Egyptian Pottery); University of Delaware; University of Maryland-Baltimore; Vendemmia (Philadelphia); Wesleyan Seminary; and Yale University.


III. Feature films:


“King Midas Drink”: Discovery Channel (U.S.), aired Sept. 27, 2000.

“King Midas’ Feast”: NYT-National Geographic Channel, Science Times, aired Oct. 30, 2001.

“King Midas Feast”: Yorkshire Associated Producers, Britain, Channel 4, aired Dec. 2001.

“Midas Revealed,” 3 BM Television, Discovery network (Britain), aired Jan. 15, 2003.

“Brief History of Wine,” Greystone Communications, History Channel, Britain, aired Spring, 2003.

“Wall Street Journal Weekend,” Fine Living Network, Aug. 12, 2005.

“Modern Marvels: Brewing,” History Channel, Dec. 2004 and on-going.

History channel film on history of beer, 2010 and on-going.

“Chateau Jiahu,” Voice of America.

Discovery Channel “Beer Masters,” 2010.

“Burton Baton and the Legend of the Ancient Ales,” You-Tube, first prize in Off-centered Film Fest in Austin, TX, 2010

“Ethanol: The Nature of Alcohol” (English/French), 2012

“Native Bronze-Iron Age Italian mixed beverage” re-creation of ancient Etruscan beverage with Dogfish Head and microbrewers in Rome, You-Tube/Google, 2012

“Beeradelphia,” a history of the Philly beer scene, with McGovern and Penn Museum as the lead-ins, 2012

2013: Kvasir: You-Tube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIO_6cGvY64

May 27, 2014: Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past: Chemical Heritage Foundation

2013: Kvasir: You-Tube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIO_6cGvY64

“History of Wine” (Sonoma producers), “Shiraz Wine” (BBC), and “Wine and War: Lebanon”(independent) are in progress.


  1. Exhibits:

King Midas Funerary Feast: University of Pennsylvania Museum, 2000-2001.

Hajji Firuz wine jar, 1997-1998

Contributed to exhibits to permanent and traveling at Robert Mondavi Winery, Athens (“Mycenaeans and Minoans: Flavours of Their Times”); Lyons (“Wine: Nectar of the gods, miracle of mankind”).

Coordinating the loan of the early Iron Age mild steel jewelry to the new museum in Amman, Jordan.

Advised on short-term exhibits (e.g., the “Pressing Matters” exhibit from Sterling Vineyards) for the Penn Museum.

Hope to mount a major travelling exhibit (“Uncorking the Past”), highlighting key Museum artifacts related to the role of fermented beverages human culture and biology, as far back as possible and around the world.  It is now being prepared for an opening in 2021.


  1. External Courses and Tours:


Major Lecture Tour (Penn Alumni): “Wine: Ancient and Modern” (Sept., 1997, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and San Francisco, Napa Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, CA)

Penn Alumni tour to China and Tibet: faculty leader

Far Horizons Tour to Jordan: faculty leader

University of Victoria, British Columbia: special Biomolecular Archaeology courses

Scientific American cruise speaker to the Caribbean.


  1. Special King Midas Funerary Dinner Re-creations:

Sept. 23, 2000 and March 28, 2001 (University of Pennsylvania Museum)

March 31, 2001 (COPIA/American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts, Napa, CA)

Sept. 2001 (Midas Tumulus, Gordion, Turkey)

Oct. 17, 2001 (Monell Chemical Senses)

Nov. 8, 2002 (American Philosophical Society)

March 16, 2003 (American-Turkish Association, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, D.C.)

April 17, 2004 (Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI)

2010 (Ancient Ales dinner, NPR/PBS on-air fund-raiser and special event)

On-going: numerous Ancient Ales dinners


VII. Conferences Organized:

1) Origins and Ancient History of Wine, Robert Mondavi Winery, April 29-May 5, 1991

2) Cross-Craft and Cross-Cultural Interactions in Ceramics, American Ceramic Society, May, 1987

3) Archaeology of Jordan, University of Pennsylvania Museum, October 1982