Soup’s still on: 2,000-year-old ‘leftovers’ found in tomb

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/15 16:03:39

A pot of 2,000-year-old beef soup has been unearthed in Central China - one of many ancient dishes discovered by archaeologists who proved that after two millennia, some foods haven't changed. 

The cauldron containing meat and bone fragments was excavated on Thursday at a site in present-day Henan Province that dates back to the Warring States period (1042BC-223BC).

The bones were identified as those of oxen, which led experts to believe they had stumbled pot of beef soup, according to Sina Weibo account "Henan Archaeology" on Wednesday.

The specific location of the tomb site or the identity of its owner was not revealed for security reasons, the post read.

According to ancient Chinese custom, deceased nobility were often buried with portions of their favorite foods to enjoy in the afterlife.

Back in 1972, a similar pot of lotus root soup from the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220) was excavated at the Mawangdui Tombs in Central China's Hunan Province, Beijing Evening News reported in March. 

A Tang Dynasty (618-907) tomb in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region yielded remains of dumplings. 

Another excavation in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province revealed 26 liters of ancient baijiu liquor, the Beijing Evening News reported.

Global Times




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