Centuries Old Pretzel Unearthed By Bavarian Archaeologists

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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During an excavation in the eastern Bavarian city of Regensburg, archaeologists discovered what they claim to be the “oldest pretzel ever found’, which is believed to have been discarded about 250 to 300 years ago.

The discovery was made last summer, and was found among other fragments of rolls and croissant-shaped dough. It is very rare to find preserved baked goods after centuries have passed, but due to being badly burnt in the baking process, these finds have survived the passage of time.

Silvia Codreanau-Windauer, from the Bavarian State Department of Monument and Sites, told NBC News, “In my 30 years in the business I have never found an organic object. It is an archaeological sensation.”

The remnants of the pretzel are now on display at the History Museum in Regensburg. Maybe one day it will find its way back home in the Museum of Bavarian History, which is currently being built on the grounds of where the pretzel was first discovered.

 

Source: NBC News, The Local
Photo: Ana Ulin [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
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