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The Past

2,000 - 200 years ago
Drinking sets

In pre-Islamic antiquity wine was drunk throughout all of the Near East and eastern Arabia was no exception.

Unlike modern wine, ancient wine was not bottled, but rather came in large storage containers called amphorae. Nor was it drunk 'straight', but rather mixed with water and often seasoned with herbs or barley. This required the use of what is known as a drinking set to prepare the wine for actual consumption.

Several drinking sets have been found in the larger, richer tombs at al-Dur. These consisted of a cauldron for mixing the wine, water and herbs; a strainer; and a dipper. More likely than not, some of the many examples of Roman glass found at al-Dur represent the actual drinking vessels used.

The drinking sets of al-Dur are most likely of local, Arabian manufacture. Certainly they are not paralleled precisely by finds known in the Roman world. The cauldrons, for example, have spouts in the form of animals. Examples are known of spouts in the form of a bull's head, or the head, kneck and forelegs of a horse. The stem of the strainer is often decorated with figures, and the strainer may have handles in the form of snakes' bodies.

As it is unlikely that grapes were grown anywhere in the vicinity of al-Dur, the wine consumed at the site was almost certainly imported.

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