This 2,000-Year-Old Archeological Discovery Is Still Totally Edible

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Around the world, people are still making incredible discoveries from the past. Most of the time, when we think about these historical findings, we imagine ancient artifacts like buried treasure or perhaps even an entire hidden city.

Sometimes, however, the odd items that people uncover from the past are just plain strange. After all, things have changed quite a bit throughout human history!

In Ireland in 2016, for instance, one man found something very old—and very weird—in the last place you might expect. What it was will either gross you out… or make you hungry!

A 2,000-year-old sphere of butter was found in a bog in County Meath, Ireland in 2016—and experts say it’s still edible! That being said, you could be forgiven for opting to eat fresh butter from your local supermarket instead…

Experts say this may have been a ceremonial offering to the gods. Butter was often preserved for long periods of time by burying it in bogs, so it’s entirely possible that its makers could have just been saving it for later!

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Pictured here are Cavan County Museum curator Savina Donohoe, farmer Jack Conway, and assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, Andy Halpin.


While this long-preserved bit of dairy is technically edible, it’s destined to live out its buttery days under glass, in a refrigerated case, in Cavan County Museum. Hopefully, this amazing dairy artifact will remain protected for 2,000 years more!

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What would you do if you found out that the butter that you put on your toast this morning for breakfast actually came from a 2000-year-old bog? For all you know, it could taste perfectly, unremarkably normal!



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