5,500-Year-Old Honey and 10 More Ancient Food Discoveries (Slideshow)
September 11, 2014
They say honey never expires, but this honey is really old
5,500-Year-Old Honey and 10 More Ancient Food Discoveries
Through explorations around the world, archeologists and deep-sea divers have discovered all kinds of ancient food and drink, some buried in thousand-year-old tombs, others abandoned in shipwrecks, and still more that have been dug up from prehistoric settlements.
Wine from 325 C.E.
Archeologists uncovered a tomb buried in the fourth century in Speyer, Germany, which held a bottle of wine believed to date back to 325 C.E.
The First Noodles
A bowl of ancient noodles — 2,500 years old — along with cakes, porridge, and meat bones, were found in a cemetery in China.
2,000-Year-Old Boat Food
Divers examining a 2,000-year-old shipwreck discovered in waters off the coast of Italy found about 200 pots on board containing remnants of fish as well as grain, wine, and oil.
Barrel of Butter
An oak barrel, three feet long, almost a foot wide, and filled with butter, was uncovered in a peat bog in Ireland by two peat workers and is thought to be about 3,000 years old.
Ceramic jars containing the world’s oldest known honey (about 5,500 years old) were discovered in the tomb of a noblewoman in Georgia, not far from Tbilisi.
Ancient Wine Cellar
Researchers found remnants of 40 wine jars in an ancient wine cellar — the largest and oldest wine cellar unearthed in the Near East — in northern Israel that was built around 1700 B.C.E.
A bowl of soup, sealed in a bronze cooking pot for 2,400 years, was discovered in a tomb that was dug up near Xian.
Oldest Pot of Beef
Archaeologists exploring an ancient tomb in China’s Shaanxi province found a bronze pot filled with beef that is believed to be 2,000 years old and is the earliest beef product discovered in China.
World’s Oldest Cheese
Cheese that was buried beneath China’s Taklamakan Desert about 3,600 years ago was discovered fastened to the necks and chests of Chinese mummies, and is believed to be the world’s oldest cheese.
Researchers dug up ancient corncobs, husks, stalks, and tassels at two prehistoric sites in Peru, Paredones and Huaca Prieta, and learned that early Peruvians weren’t just eating corn 6,700 years ago; they were popping it, too!
A still-drinkable bottle of champagne was recovered in the remains of a shipwreck that happened in the Baltic Sea near the Åland Islands, between Sweden and Finland, about 200 years ago.