Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old ‘pub’ with ‘ancient fridge’ and food remains

Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old 'pub' with an 'ancient fridge' and food remains still inside.

Researchers working on the site of the ancient town of Lagash in Iraq (modern day al-Hiba), found the ancient tavern buried several inches under the surface and estimate that it was built around 2,700 BCE.

They discovered an open-air courtyard, which they believe was used for dining, due to the discovery of fish remains.

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A room with two benches was also found, as well as an industrial-sized oven.

In the inside room they found an innovative moisture-wick structure designed to keep food cool, which can only be described as a 'modern-day fridge'.

Reed Goodman, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, told CNN: "I think the first feature to show itself was this very large oven and it’s actually beautiful.

"From various burning episodes and deposits of ash it left a sort of rainbow coloration in the soils and the interior is framed by these big bricks."

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Holly Pittman, director of the Lagash Archaeological Project and curator of the Penn Museum’s Near East section, deliberately chose the site to help understand life outside the ruling class of the ancient city.

The findings help support her theory that societies in the ancient Near East were not ordered strictly into an elite class and their slaves, as had been previously assumed, but also included a middle class that had some level of personal autonomy.

Mr Goodman explained that the building as appeared to be a "public gathering place where people can sit down and have a pint and have their fish stew", showing them living a life outside the "tyranny of kings".


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