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Tango0111 May 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

"You might not think bread would survive for long in the archaeological record, but as it turns out, bakers have left more than just a few crumbs of evidence for us to piece together.

It's not uncommon to find charred bread in mortuary or ritual contexts going right back to the Neolithic. Archaeologists also found burnt loaves in a baker's oven in Pompeii, and even desiccated bread found in Egyptian tombs that was preserved so well it retained its scent!

By studying these remains, archaeologists can work out what grains people were using, how finely they ground them, whether the loaf had a crust, what shape it was, and and even whether it was leavened or unleavened…"
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