Monday, December 13, 2010

Amazing what salvage archaeology will unearth

Chinese archaeologists have found what they believe to be bone soup, as reported by the BBC:

Tests are being carried out to identify the ingredients. An odourless liquid, believed to be wine, was also found.

The pots were discovered in a tomb being excavated to make way for an extension to the local airport.

"It's the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history," the newspaper quoted Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology as saying.

"The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221BC)."

This would be the world's oldest soup ever unearthed. Eagerly waiting for the archaeologists to discover the chemical composition of the liquid so they can figure out what exactly went into it.