Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old Sumerian refrigerator.

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Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old Sumerian ‘fridge’. Photo: Profimedia

A team of Italian and American archaeologists discovered a type of refrigerator used to store and preserve food in ancient Sumeria 5,000 years ago at a site in southern Iraq, ANSA reported Thursday.

The “road” was discovered at the site of the ancient capital of Lagash, one of the most important city-states in Mesopotamia, now Tell al-Hiba.

Archaeologists from the University of Pisa and the University of Pennsylvania have described an open-air dining area with benches, an oven, food storage containers, ancient food remains and a ‘fridge’ from the Arabic word ‘zeer’. Pot-in-pot technique by protecting food and drinks from heat.

An inn dating to 2,700 BC was discovered at a depth of only 50 centimeters at Tell al-Hiba.

“The discovery brings new information to the study of food and food preparation in Mesopotamia, which until now has been mostly known and studied through texts, although it does not include the early Sumerian period,” said Sarah Bissimenti, lecturer in archeology and art history. Near East at the University of Pisa, quoted by Agerpres, according to ANSA.

“Inside a public space for food production, distribution and consumption, around a hundred bowls with food remains were found in a large courtyard with benches, along with devices for preserving food and drink.” The researcher added.

Author: Liviu Kojan

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