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Patrick McGovern

Biomolecular Archaeologist

Patrick McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, where he is also an adjunct professor of anthropology. His academic background combined the physical sciences, archaeology, and history. McGovern received an A.B. in chemistry from Cornell University, completed graduate work in neurochemistry at the University of Rochester, and earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Literature from the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Over the past two decades, he has pioneered the emerging field of biomolecular archaeology. In the popular imagination, Patrick McGovern is known as the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages.”

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