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Fri Jul 20, 2012, 01:48 PM

An olive stone from 150BC links pre-Roman Britain to today's pizzeria

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/19/olive-stone-pre-roman-britain


Professor Mike Fulford at the dig in Silchester. The latest find is an olive stone that dates back to Iron Age Britain. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire.

The stone came from a layer securely dated to the first century BC, making it the earliest ever found in Britain but since nobody ever went to the trouble of importing one olive, there must be more, rotted beyond recognition or still buried.

The stone, combined with earlier finds of seasoning herbs such as coriander, dill and celery, all previously believed to have arrived with the Romans, suggests a diet at Silchester that would be familiar in any high street pizza restaurant.

The excavators, led by Professor Mike Fulford of Reading University, also found another more poignant luxury import: the skeleton of a tiny dog, no bigger than a modern toy poodle, carefully buried, curled up as if in sleep. However it may not have met a peaceful end.

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Reply An olive stone from 150BC links pre-Roman Britain to today's pizzeria (Original post)
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xtraxritical Jul 2012 #1
MADem Jul 2012 #2
eggplant Jul 2012 #3
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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2012, 10:58 PM

1. "Everybody must get stoned..." Bob Dylan.

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2012, 01:53 AM

2. The link to the "mystery of the dogs" is fascinating as well--what a dig!!!

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Sun Jul 22, 2012, 04:07 PM

3. Just another Oliver Stone conspiracy. ;-) n/t

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Response to eggplant (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 23, 2012, 03:12 AM

4. exactly what i was going to say.

 

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