“Neanderthals” loved food… The proof is in Baghdad
Thursday – 1 Jumada Al-Awwal 1444 AH – November 24, 2022 AD Issue number [
A man and a woman at the Neanderthal Museum in Mittmann, Germany (AP)
London: «Asharq Al-Awsat»
If you thought that Neanderthals lived on a diet of canned berries and raw animal meat, think again, as the charred remains of what appears to be the world’s oldest cooked meal were discovered in a cave complex in northern Iraq, prompting speculation that Neanderthals may have been food lovers, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.
“Our findings are the first real indication of the complex cooking process, and thus food culture, of Neanderthals,” said Chris Hunt, a professor of paleoecology at Liverpool John Moores University in Britain, who coordinated the excavation.
Hunt and his colleagues tried to re-cook one of the recipes using seeds collected from nearby caves.
These burnt food remains, which are the oldest ever, were found inside Shanidar Cave, which was a place for Neanderthals located 500 miles north of Baghdad in the Zagros Mountains, and it is believed that the age of this food reaches about 70,000 years. It was discovered in one of the many ancient stoves in the caves.