China Finds 2,400-Year-Old Bowl of Soup

Archaeologists in China have dug up what they believe is a 2,400-year-old bowl of bone soup, as well as a pot of wine, near China's former capital Xian.

You know how sometimes you are poking around your fridge and you come across a container of something sort of green? And you don't know if it was always green, or if it's turned green recently, or maybe in the distant past, because you have no clue what it is, or why it's there. Well: That just happened in China, except that instead of being your gross life, it's archaeology!

The pots were discovered in a tomb being excavated to make way for an extension to the local airport.

"It's the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history," the newspaper quoted Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology as saying.

"The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221BC)."

At least, they think it's soup. It could also be, maybe, those tacos they bought a few months ago, that weren't very good? Or maybe it's that weird jam your mom got us? Or, God, is it that zucchini salad? (China, hire me! I am an expert in figuring out what gross stuff used to be. Hint: Don't smell it.)

Xian, which was the capital of China for a millennium, is, by the way, where the famous terra cotta army was found, in the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang.

[BBC]