An egg from the Roman period, discovered a few years ago in the town of Aylesbury in central England, still contained liquid.
Edward Biddulph, manager of excavations at Oxford Archaeology, confirmed, at the request of DPA, that, according to specialists, the liquid inside the egg consists of white and yolk, mixed.
A CT scan confirmed the presence of fluid as well as an air bubble.
The scan was carried out a few months ago to clarify how the egg, presumably chicken, could best be preserved.
The egg would have been discovered in a pit with water from which it would have been extracted for brewing beer. It is possible that the egg that ended up in the pit was an offering brought between 270 and 300 AD
Other eggs discovered in the same place cracked after coming into contact with the air, a liquid with a pungent sulphurous smell oozing from them.
“The egg has a huge potential for research”Biddulph stated.
This egg, which has survived for a long time, can answer questions about how such objects can be preserved, but also about the species of which the hen belonged and about the preservation and use of birds in the Roman period.
In addition to the eggs, during the excavations carried out between 2007 and 2016, a rare basket was also discovered, which would have contained bread.
Biddulph said the objects may have been placed in the pit as an offering to the afterlife as part of a funeral procession.
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Publication date: 13-02-2024 10:19
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