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Roman jar mystery full of holes

A unique Roman jar riddled with holes is stumping scientists who have never come across anything like it before.

“Everyone’s stumped by it,” Katie Urban, one of the researchers at the London, Ontario, museum, told LiveScience. “We’ve been sending it around to all sorts of Roman pottery experts and other pottery experts, and no one seems to be able to come up with an example.”

The jar may have held rodent snacks for ancient Romans, or even served as a lamp, the researchers speculate, though no theory definitively holds water.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Katie Urban, Museum of Ontario Archaeology

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