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Traces of cooked plants found in ancient pottery

Traces of cooked wild grains, grasses and leafy plants have been found in 10,000-year-old pottery fragments. The pots predate plant domestication and agriculture in the area by at least 4,000 years. "The finding of extensive plant wax and oil residues in early prehistoric pottery provides us with an entirely different picture of

2,000-year-old pot of meat soup found in China

A 2,000-year-old vessel containing traces of meat stew has been found in China's Henan province. The stew, containing beef bones and other ingredients, was discovered on Monday at an archaeological tomb site in Chengyang district near the city of Xinyang, Efe news reported. The archaeologists are yet to give a precise date

Ancient kitchens uncovered in western Turkey

Archaeologists excavating the 2,600-year-old city of Dascylium in Turkey have uncovered two ancient kitchens. Turkish archeologists in Dascylium ancient city in Turkey's western province of Bal?kesir have discovered a 2,600 year-old kitchen which belonged to the ancient Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia. During the excavations, kitchenware including containers, mortars (made up of

Neolithic pit oven recreated and tested

Archaeologists working at Prastio Mesorotsos in Cyprus have recreated a Neolithic pit oven. A 9,000-year-old barbecue pit was recently discovered at Prastio Mesorotsos, a site in the Diarizos Valley outside of Paphos, which has been almost continuously occupied from the Neolithic era to the present. It took three years of excavations

Early humans probably cooked scavenged meat

  New research indicates that early humans would have had to cook their scavenged meat in order to reduce bacterial loads. Most scientists agree that cooking dates back about 1.9 million years. To take a closer look at the possible link between scavenging and cooking, the researchers measured the growth of bacteria on

Iron Age cooking mound excavated in Wales

An Iron Age cooking mound found on Skomer Island in Wales has undergone excavation, revealing the teeth of cattle among the fire-cracked stones. A cattle tooth left in a cooking mound and fire-cracked stones used for boiling water have paved the prehistoric way to dating the sweeping settlement of Skomer Island

Bronze Age cooking trough found in Ireland

Archaeologists in Ireland have unearthed a Bronze Age wooden cooking trough, known as a fulacht fiadh, that was exposed by storms last winter. “It is very significant, as it is unusual to find a fulacht fiadh at such a level of preservation, but the sea obviously conserved it when levels began

Portable grills used to cook at ancient Greek picnics

New cooking experiments suggest that ancient Greeks used portable grills to cook souvlaki and non-stick pans to make bread. The souvlaki trays were rectangular ceramic pans that sat underneath skewers of meat. Scientists weren't sure whether these trays would have been placed directly over a fire, catching fat drippings from the