1,000 kg of cattle bones may mark lavish feasts

Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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A metric ton worth of cattle bones have been found in an abandoned theatre in the ancient city of Corinth in Greece. Archaeologists believe that the theatre may have been used to prepare the meat for lavish feasts.

A theater may seem an odd place for a butchery operation, MacKinnon said, but this particular structure fell into disuse between A.D. 300 A.D. and A.D. 400. Once the theater was no longer being used for shows, it was a large empty space that could have been easily repurposed, he said.

The cattle bones were unearthed in an excavation directed by Charles Williams of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. They’d been discarded in that spot and rested there until they were found, rather than being dragged to the theater later with other trash, MacKinnon said.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Michael MacKinnon

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