"Mead is one of those spontaneously multicultural things that people from disparate parts of the world have enjoyed since forever. An alcoholic beverage fermented with yeasts from honey and water, mead's true origins are lost in our prehistory, but what is known for sure is that people have been brewing mead a lot longer than they have been making wine.
Winemaking goes back about 8,000 years. The history of mead, or honey wine, goes back much further. The first archeological evidence is found in pottery from Northern China dating to around 7,000 BC, but the culture of mead making is thought to have been carried by travelers out of Africa as long as 40,000 years ago."
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