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March 4, 2010

From the January – February edition of Britarch (thanks to Merryn for pointing it out to us):

Burnt mound theory tested to perfection

David Chapman found an eroding “burnt mound” – a common but unexplained prehistoric mound of fired stones – on the Lleyn peninsula at Hell’s Mouth. Excavations in 2008 revealed an oak trough containing a residue of burnt stones and charred chaff and seeds (News, Mar/Apr 2009). Last summer Chapman and a team from Ancient Arts tested the theory that the trough had been used for brewing. The result was a lot of burnt stone – and 77 pints of light ale.

Read more at Britarch here..

David used elderberry to flavour his ale and added some brewers yeast as a backup.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 1:29 pm

    Is it possible to use elderberries for something without making reference to someone’s father?

  2. southiesham permalink
    March 4, 2010 4:30 pm

    Well done the lads! You’re craziness is spreading! Huzzah!
    And Allan, I beleive it is, just as long as the individuals mother wasn’t a hamster.

  3. southiesham permalink
    March 4, 2010 4:31 pm

    Of course that should have been “your” and not “you’re”. How embarrassing.

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