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Judi Lynn

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Sun Feb 12, 2023, 09:28 AM Feb 2023

5,000-Year-Old Tavern With Food Still Inside Discovered in Iraq [View all]

Archaeologists found benches, an oven and food remnants dating back to 2700 B.C.E.

Sarah Kuta
Daily Correspondent

February 1, 2023



Researchers discovered an ancient tavern at Lagash in southern Iraq. Lagash Archaeological Project

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an ancient tavern that’s nearly 5,000 years old in southern Iraq, the University of Pennsylvania announced last week. The find offers insight into the lives of everyday people who lived in a non-elite urban neighborhood in southwest Asia around 2700 B.C.E.

Inside the public eating space—which included an open-air area and a kitchen—researchers with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pisa found an oven, a type of clay refrigerator called a zeer, benches and storage containers that still held food. They also found dozens of conical-shaped bowls that contained the remains of fish, reports CNN’s Issy Ronald.

The tavern was discovered at Lagash, a 1,000-acre archaeological site that was a bustling industrial hub with many inhabitants during the Early Dynastic period. Researchers say Lagash was one of the largest and oldest cities in all of southern Mesopotamia.



An aerial view of the Lagash site in southern Iraq Lagash Archaeological Project

“The site was of major political, economic and religious importance,” says Holly Pittman, an archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania and the Lagash project director, in a statement from the university. “However, we also think that Lagash was a significant population center that had ready access to fertile land and people dedicated to intensive craft production.”

More:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5000-year-old-tavern-discovered-in-iraq-180981564/

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