Royal Alberta Museum to crack open 1,600-year-old roasting pit

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Royal Alberta Museum to crack open 1,600-year-old roasting pit with meal still inside



Royal Alberta Museum archaeologists are about to start a lengthy and intricate process of figuring out what ancient Albertans cooked for supper.

Last year, they dug up a 1,600-year-old roasting pit at Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta. The oven was intact and still had a prepared meal inside, which could make it the only known artifact of its kind.

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"Somebody -- probably celebrating the success of a hunt -- had a big feast afterward and prepared a bison calf and some kind of a dog, maybe part-wolf, in a pit side by side," Bob Dawe, the Royal Alberta Museum's lead archaeologist on the project, said.


"They roasted it overnight in the ground. It would have been a delectable feast in the morning."

The roasting pit was first discovered in 1990, but archaeologists didn't excavate it until last year, before packing it up and moving it to Edmonton.

Full story :  http://globalnews.ca/news/3179491/royal-alberta-museum-to-crack-open-1600-year-old-roasting-pit-with-meal-still-inside/
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