Burnt two thousand years ago, bread was thrown into the trash, but now found by archaeologists

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Scientists from the National Institute of Preventive Archeology of France (INRAP), who are engaged in excavations in the areas where the construction is planned, discovered a bread cake that locals baked almost two thousand years ago. Since the bread was burnt on fire, it was thrown into the trash, but it was this circumstance that allowed it to survive to this day.

The find was made in the town of Brebiere, in the department of Pas de Calais. A round bread cake, with a diameter of only ten centimeters, apparently fell into the fire during manufacture, was badly burned and ended up in a garbage pit excavated by archaeologists. Since the bread was completely carbonized, it has not changed much since the time of manufacture, which, according to radiocarbon dating, falls on the period from 40 to 80 of our era.

French scientists and their colleagues from Austria are currently studying bread and its archaeological context. Grains of barley and two varieties of wheat were found in the garbage pit along with bread. Perhaps the flour for him was made from the same cereals.

Excavations in Brebier continue, the total area of ​​the study site is 150 hectares. The earliest traces of its settlement belong to the Latin culture of the Iron Age (400-300 BC), the most recent belong to the 2nd century AD. The remains of dwellings and cattle pens, as well as skeletons of four horses have already been found.

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