From the archives: Oldest

The oldest drinkable wine in the world; the oldest living rose in the world; why we had to leave the Earth to find the oldest Earth rock; and the oldest river that still flows.

A Roman nobleman in the 4th century CE was buried with sixteen bottles of wine. One of those bottles still contains liquid: the oldest wine in the world.


PaulisCC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Thousand-Year Rose that grows on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral is almost certainly not a thousand years old – but it’s still the oldest known living rose bush.


Big Bertha
NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The oldest extant Earth rock (more than four billion years old) was not found on our planet.


Larapinta in western Australia may be the oldest river in the world.

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