Historical Food Remains

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Ancient Thebes Tutanchamon Tomb (3,000 year old doum fruit)
Biblical Tells Wheat grains at Tel Hazor
Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin Chicken bones at Maresha
Caves of Yagul and Mitla corn cob fragments
Cilento and Vallo di Diano Small underground temple: "It's interesting to note that traces of two-thousand-year-old honey were found in some of the vases."
Djenné The discovery of organic remains, among which were a large number of African rice grains, shed much light on how the cultivation of rice developed (AB evaluation).
Frontiers of the Roman Empire carbonated remains of grains at Saalburg
Gyeongju Excert from National Geographic Magazine (August 1988) Kyongju, Where Korea Began by Cathy Newman (Concerning the Heavenly Horse Tomb) "We also found eggs in the coffin." "Eggs?" "Seven Eggs. One or two actually intact. To nourish the dead."
Incense Route of the Negev Shivta
Joya de Ceren ICOMOS : "the objects recovered constitute a virtual inventory of their contents at the moment of eruption .... and a variety of foods ncluding maize, beans, chilis and cocoa beans"
L'Anse aux Meadows Butternuts
Lopé-Okanda Nuts and crops
Mapungubwe Bones and ostrich eggs
Masada wheat, olives and dates
Medina Azahara historical food remains (discovered in the sewage)
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Besides stores of grain and waste from processing cereals, remnants of food have also been found on ceramic vessels in pile-dwelling sites; these include various types of stews, por- ridges and probably also baked goods.
Rapa Nui Palm nuts and animal bones were found in caves on the island.
Shahr-i Sokhta During these investigations several categories of botanical remains such as cereals (grains and legumes),fruits, spices and wood were studied. (Nom File)
Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley fossilised maize
Tsodilo fish bones and ostrich eggs


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