Mead wine may be the most ancient alcoholic drink on the planet, produced and drunk even before agriculture commenced. The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead wine dates to around seven thousand years BC stems from clay vessels containing a mix of mead, rice and other fruits along with known organic compounds necessary for fermentation were discovered in Northern China. In Europe, it was first found in residual samples in the characteristic ceramics of the Bell Beaker Culture. Mead was said to be the preferred drink of the ancient Greeks during what was known as the "Golden Age" of ancient Greece. In the Old English epic poem Beowulf, the Danish warriors drank Honey mead wine.The term "honeymoon" is derived from the ancient Viking custom of having newly-weds take mead over a full cycle of the moon in order to increase their fertility and in doing so increasing their chances of a happy and fulfilled marriage.