When Archaeologists Discovered Ancient Roman Eggs, They Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes

While archaeologists were excavating a site called Berryfields in central England, known for its ancient history, they were speechless when they discovered something they never expected to find. Out of all things, the team unearthed four 1,700-year-old chicken eggs. However, as the group tried their best to extract the eggs from the ground carefully, the fragile eggs couldn’t handle the pressure and began to crack. When eggs slowly began to open, the archaeologists were met with a shock that was greater than finding the eggs in the first place.

How The Eggs Survived

Eggs in a nest
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In almost any other circumstance, it would have essentially been impossible for discarded chicken eggs to survive anywhere close to 1,700 years. However, the Berryfields site in central England had a unique feature that allowed these fragile eggs to survive for more than two millennia.

It’s assumed that the ancient residents that discarded these eggs threw them into a pit that slowly had become filled with water. The water then helped keep the eggs intact for nearly 2,000 years.