Monday, December 13, 2010

2,400 year old soup & wine found in China

Chinese archaeologists have discovered a 2,400 year old pot of soup and odourless liquid, believed to be wine, in a tomb near the ancient capital of Xian.

The liquid and bones were in a sealed bronze cooking vessel. Tests are being carried out to identify the ingredients. The scientists told the press, "It's the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history. The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221BC)."

Discovery was made during an excavation to make way for an extension to the local airport. According to the scientists the tomb could have held the body of either a member of the land-owning class or a low-ranking military officer.

Xian was China's ancient capital for more than 1,100 years. Famous Terracota Army of Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor, was also found in Xian, in 1974.

(Via BBC News)

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