Archaeologists discover ‘first beer ever brewed in the UK’
Archaeologists have made an “incredibly exciting” discovery while working on a project to widen a major road – evidence of what is believed to be the first beer brewed in the UK.
The team working along the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon said tiny fragments of charred residue from the beer-making process were found in excavated earth.
“It’s a well-known fact that ancient populations used the beer-making process to purify water and create a safe source of hydration,” said Dr Steve Sherlock, Highways England archaeology lead for the A14 project.
“But this is potentially the earliest physical evidence of that process taking place in the UK.”
Lara Gonzalez – one of about 250 archaeologists on the MOLA Headland Infrastructure project – made the find.