Monday, March 4, 2013

Strings of figs

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Care for a fig?
A carbonized fig?


They are strings of figs carbonized by fire in antiquity.
 Ekron, 13th century BCE.
At the Israel Museum.
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10 comments:

JM said...

Amazing! I have seen many amphoras but they all were empty.

Spiderdama said...

Great! But I do not like fig..

Hope you have a happy week Dina:-)

VP said...

Fresh or carbonized figs are not my thing... Never seen a full amphora before this!

Karl Demetz said...

I prefer fresh figs... from time to time...

Adullamite said...

Very interesting, but I will pass on the figs this time.

richies said...

I like figs, but prefer them a bit fresher. :)
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Kay said...

Carbonized by fire? I don't quite understand the process though.

Dina said...

JM and VP, maybe Israel's drier conditions enable preservation of foods in the earth, more than in your countries.

Kay, you are still the teacher. You won't let me get off easy. I'll have to go learn about carbonization. I was just copying the museum sign about it.

Sara said...

That is probably the oldest food I've ever seen! I am amazed some of the strings survived, and did you see those little button things at the ends of the strings to keep them fastened to the figs? Wow.

Pietro Brosio said...

Strange and interesting!