Patrick E. McGovern
Patrick E. McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, where he is also an adjunct professor of anthropology. In the popular imagination, he is known as the “Indiana Jones of ancient ales, wines, and extreme beverages.” Over the past two decades, he has pioneered the exciting interdisciplinary field of biomolecular archaeology which is yielding whole new chapters concerning our human ancestry, medical practice, and of course what our ancient ancestors were eating and drinking. His laboratory discovered the earliest chemically attested alcoholic beverage in the world, the earliest grape wine and barley beer from the Middle East, and some of the earliest chocolate from the Americas. He is well known for his books, Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture and most recently, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages.