1,000 year old egg found during an excavation in Israel
It is very surprising to see the egg intact
How old is the egg in your fridge? A couple of days? A week? Surely not 1,000 years old, right? During an excavation in Israel, directed by Dr. Elie Haddad, Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Jon Seligman, a 1,000 year old egg has been found. The most mind-boggling thing is that the egg is intact.
The egg has been found by Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in human faeces. Finding such an old egg in Israel isn't that strange because poultry farming was introduced way back during the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods, i.e., around 2,300 years ago.
“The egg’s unique preservation is evidently due to the conditions in which it lay for centuries, nestled in a cesspit containing soft human waste that preserved it."
Eggs were very popular back in the day because needed a ready protein substitute that does not require cooling and preservation and they found it in eggs, according to Dr. Perry Gal.
The IAA said in a Facebook post, “Unfortunately, the egg had a small crack in the bottom so most of the contents had leaked out of it. Only some of the yolk remained, which was preserved for future DNA analysis.”
These days, eggs rarely survive for long in supermarkets. It’s quite mind-boggling that this egg is 1,000-year-old!