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10,000-year-old rice found in China

Rice phytoliths from the lower reaches of the Yangtze River have been dated back nearly 10,000 years. Remarkably, archaeologists have now unearthed bits of this rice at a site called Shangshan. The grains, of course, were eaten long ago and the plant stalks have long been rotten, but one tiny part

26th-century roasted turnip found in Siberia

An excavation of a house in southwestern Siberia has led to the discovery of a 16th-century roasted turnip. The turnip, pictured here, was ready for cooking in a large clay pot when the log house caught fire and was quickly destroyed in flames, say archeologists. Yet the meal was preserved, and nearby

Traces of cooked plants found in ancient pottery

Traces of cooked wild grains, grasses and leafy plants have been found in 10,000-year-old pottery fragments. The pots predate plant domestication and agriculture in the area by at least 4,000 years. "The finding of extensive plant wax and oil residues in early prehistoric pottery provides us with an entirely different picture of

2,100-year-old wine press found in Israel

A wine press which dates back 2,100 years has been found in south Israel. An archaeological survey by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in preparation for the construction of a new elementary school in the city of Ashkelon has revealed a 2,100-year-old wine press dating back to the Hellenistic Period. Alongside the

2,000-year-old pot of meat soup found in China

A 2,000-year-old vessel containing traces of meat stew has been found in China's Henan province. The stew, containing beef bones and other ingredients, was discovered on Monday at an archaeological tomb site in Chengyang district near the city of Xinyang, Efe news reported. The archaeologists are yet to give a precise date

Ancient kitchens uncovered in western Turkey

Archaeologists excavating the 2,600-year-old city of Dascylium in Turkey have uncovered two ancient kitchens. Turkish archeologists in Dascylium ancient city in Turkey's western province of Bal?kesir have discovered a 2,600 year-old kitchen which belonged to the ancient Kingdom of Lydia in Anatolia. During the excavations, kitchenware including containers, mortars (made up of

Paleolithic diet included plenty of plants

Remains of edible plants dating back 780,000 years have been found in northern Israel along with evidence of occupation by Homo erectus. Today’s Paleo diet cookbooks might be missing a few pages. Archaeological excavations at a Stone Age site in Israel have revealed the first direct evidence of the sort of

Yeast microbes from the world’s oldest bottle of beer

Researchers in Australia have brewed beer with yeast discovered in an 18th-century shipwreck. Yeast microbes from the world's oldest bottle of beer — a 220-year-old bottle found in one of Australia's earliest shipwrecks — are being used to create a new, modern beer with the characteristic taste of the 18th-century brew. The