Archaeologists unearth ancient ‘refrigerator’ in Roman Empire military barracks with preserved bones

Polish archaeologists recently discovered in Bulgaria a food storage container built by the romans and served as a primitive refrigerator for traveling soldiers.

The main archaeologist, Pyotr Dyczekprofessor at the Research Center of the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe from the University of Warsaw, discovered the ancient fridge at an excavation site located near the town of Svishtov, according to a report by Science in Poland, a science news outlet run by the Polish Press Agency.

The excavation site was Novaea legionary fortress of the Roman empire which was built in the north of Bulgaria on the Danube River.

Archaeologists excavated the refrigerator from Sector XII of the fortress on Friday, October 7, a photo from the site shows, reports FOX 11 Los Angeles.

Inside the fridge, Dyczek and his team reportedly found ceramic plates, fragments of plates and animal bones.

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baked meat

Archaeologists examined the “preserved bone fragments” and found “traces of heat treatment,” which likely means the meat stored in the refrigerator was baked, according to Science in Poland.

Other artifacts the team found were coins, wall threads, millstones, weights for weaving and fishing, spindles, pits with bones and fragments of vessels, charcoal particles, a fragment of a bowl and an incense container that may have been used to repel insects, he reported the scientific medium.

The old refrigerator reportedly stands out because the storage bins rarely survive to building reconstructions, Dyczek told Science in Poland.

Roman soldiers in Novae

Historical records show that Roman soldiers were stationed in Novae from the 16th century. I AD until mid-century V AD

At the time, Novae was slowly transforming into a civilian city,” Dyczek said in a statement. “Also thanks to the latest findings, we obtained enough data to be able to recreate that part of the history of this ancient settlement, which until now was shrouded in mystery.”

The ancient Roman fridge is one of the many discoveries that Polish archaeologists have made in Novae.

Researchers have found fragments of ceramic and lead pipe water supply systems in the area, which could have been used to thermal bathsreported Science in Poland.

An aqueduct of approximately 6.2 miles and two large water tanks are believed to have provided the Roman army based in Bulgaria with a uninterrupted access to water.

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Archaeologists unearth ancient ‘refrigerator’ in Roman Empire military barracks with preserved bones