Xian Pot of Soup: 2,400-Year-Old Soup Discovered In China’s Ancient City

By on Dec 14, 2010 in Science, World Comments

A 2,400-year-old pot of soup was discovered by Chinese archaeologists near the ancient capital of Xian, according to international news reports on Monday. The liquid and bones were said to be in a small, sealed bronze cooking vessel.

A Chinese Soup
A Chinese Soup
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“It’s the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history. The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC),” Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology was quoted saying.

Due to the oxidation of the bronze, the liquid and bones in the vessel had turned green. Further tests will be conducted by scientists to confirm if the liquid was really soup and to identify the ingredients.

Xian is a city which served as China‘s capital for more than 1,100 years. It is famous for the terracotta army at the burial site of Qin Shihuang, China’s first emperor.



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