Iron-Age Frat Parties

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During the Iron-Age, ‘competitive feasting’ (essentially throwing the biggest, best, and most exciting party) was a key element in developing political and social connections. Archaeologists working Germany for the past ten years have uncovered key feasting elements in graves dating to 2,600 BP (Before Present). The contents of the grave emphasize not only ‘feasting’ but drinking – large cauldrons used to hold alcoholic beverages.

To the upper-class, the quantity of alcohol consumed was as important as the quality. Arnold excavated at least one fully intact cauldron used for serving alcoholic beverages in one of the graves at Heuneburg. But it’s hard to top the recovery of nine drinking horns — including one that held 10 pints — at a single chieftain’s grave in nearby Hochdorf in the 1970s.

The burial pits excavated contain objects belonging to men, women, and even children. To learn more about the excavations and these finds, feet the article in Science Daily.


6 thoughts on “Iron-Age Frat Parties

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      Just to make things more confusing, the “Present” in BP is not actually ‘the present,’ it’s 1950 because that’s when Willard Libby published his process and discovery.

      1. Jennifer Carey Post author

        It’s been in common use since 1950. It really depends on who’s writing – BP is more common in ahistorical archaeology (where carbon dating is the primary supported dating methodology). BCE/CE is more common in historical archaeology (when you use other historical methods alone or in conjunction with carbon dating). All radiometric dates (carbon, argon, etc) are given in BP, you’ll get a date (with Carbon for example) of 15,000 BP +/- 500 years.

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