Preserved Food Discovered By Archeologists At Ancient Iraqi Tavern Site
PRESERVED FOOD DISCOVERED BY ARCHEOLOGISTS AT ANCIENT IRAQI TAVERN SITE
After a hard day's work, the old man, like modern people, liked to relax in the pub. . As the University of Pennsylvania recently announced, archaeologists excavating the site have found a tavern dating from around 2700 BC. Discovered.
Among the items found were an oven, a bench, a clay refrigerator called a zea, and a bowl of leftover food. These finds tell historians and archaeologists a lot about everyday life in this busy old industrial centre.
Lagash is one of the largest archaeological sites in southern Mesopotamia. The city dates back to the Early Dynastic Period, from 2900 to 2300 BC. The inner city was part of his three cities forming a powerful political system. Although Lagash was close to fertile lands, archaeologists believe it was also an important centre of crafts and industry. Excavations uncovered pottery kilns and ditches that were used to store wet clay. Nearby tables and benches indicated workrooms.
These workers may have lived in living quarters found at the same site, which included kitchens, tableware, whetstones, and toilets.
The amazing thing about the area was the tavern. The guest benches, cumin, oven and remains of food containers all speak of a thriving working-class pub. "This is a public dining place that dates back to somewhere around 2700 BC. was built. "It's part open-air, part kitchen space."
For the opening of the tavern, the team relied on modern technology. Using drone imagery and magnetometry analysis (testing the magnetism of underground objects), they were able to determine the best dig sites.
Then they removed the dirt in microstratigraphic layers - very thin slices with surgical precision. Pittman described it in a statement: "It looks like a very thorough operation... Only 50 centimetres down we were able to capture everything. We were pleasantly surprised."
Although preserved food has been found in other ancient sites, this discovery reveals more about working-class life in ancient Mesopotamia. Zaid Alrawi, project director of the Lagash project at the Penn Museum, summed it up: "As you dig deep, you'll analyse and create a story that we hope will come closer and closer to the reality of the past. past.