2,400-year-old pot of soup unearthed
When ingredients are identified, it will be possible to create a recipe, allowing archaeologists to taste a dish that may have been popular centuries ago.
Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 05:19 AM
BONE SOUP: A 2,400-year-old bronze vessel contained a hearty bone soup. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb in the Chinese city of Xian have unearthed a 2,400-year-old bowl of soup still thick with ingredients, according to the BBC.
Although tests are being carried out to determine the complete list of ingredients, the soup was full of bones. Once the rest of the ingredients have been identified, it will be possible to put together a recipe, allowing archaeologists to taste a dish that may have been popular 2,400 years ago.
"It's the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history," said Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. "The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period [475-221 B.C.]."
The city of Xian, where the soup was found, is one of the oldest cities in China. It boasts more than 3,100 years of history and served as China's capital for more than 1,100 years. In 1974, the famed Terracotta Army was also unearthed in Xian, a collection of sculptures that depict the armies of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
The site was being excavated to make way for a new airport extension, according to state media. Aside from the ancient bone soup, archaeologists also discovered a jug containing an odorless liquid that they believe is probably wine.
Although the inhabitant of the tomb is currently unidentified, archaeologists said the body was likely either that of a member of the land-owning class or a low-ranking military officer.