‘Beef broth’ may be ground wa­ter


China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By BI NAN bi­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Sus­pi­cious “beef broth” was found in sev­eral an­cient cook­ing ves­sels unearthed in a tomb dur­ing a re­cent ex­ca­va­tion in Cen­tral China’s He­nan prov­ince.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists iden­ti­fied bones as the fore­limbs of cat­tle, and guessed that the wa­ter in the ves­sels may have been beef broth.

Af­ter the He­nan Pro­vin­cial In­sti­tute of Cul­tural Relics and Archaeology re­leased the news on­line with pho­tos, some ne­ti­zens jok­ingly said that the dish was 1,000-year-old beef broth, and pre­dicted that the tomb owner was a foodie.

Ac­cord­ing to Bei­jing Youth Daily, Wu Zhi­jiang, who is in charge of the ex­ca­va­tion, claimed that the tomb dated back to Chu Xinyang King­dom in the War­ring States Pe­riod (475-221 BC) and clar­i­fied that the “beef broth” was ac­tu­ally un­der­ground wa­ter seep­age.

“The wa­ter in the ves­sel looks like broth, but it is ac­tu­ally ground wa­ter. We found that there is wa­ter seep­age in the tomb pit, as the wa­ter level is quite high, so it is ac­tu­ally flooded,” Wu said.

Wu said that such a ves­sel in the Chu tombs was usual- ly used for sac­ri­fices, and beef, sheep or pig was al­ways put in­side the tomb as of­fer­ings. It is still not clear whether the beef bones were placed in the ves­sel raw or cooked.

Wu said that af­ter the tomb was robbed at the be­gin­ning of this year, the in­sti­tute con­ducted a res­cue ex­ca­va­tion. Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary find­ings, the tomb owner was a noble.


“Beef broth” that was found by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in an an­cient tomb in Xinyang, He­nan prov­ince.

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