Archaeologists have uncovered a “pub” in Iraq that dates back 5,000 years complete with an “ancient fridge” that still contains the remnants of food.
The ancient tavern was discovered by researchers working on the site of the ancient town of Lagash in Iraq (modern-day al-Hiba). They found it buried several inches below the surface and estimated that it was constructed around 2,700 BCE.
Today’s archaeologists can “see” below ground with the help of cutting-edge technology, allowing them to only dig when absolutely necessary. Due to the discovery of fish remains, they believe that an open-air courtyard was used for dining at some point. They made this assumption based on the discovery of the courtyard.
They discovered a cutting-edge moisture-wicking structure in the interior room of Iraq that was designed to keep food at a consistent temperature and could only be referred to as a “modern-day refrigerator.”
“I think the first feature to show itself was this very large oven and it’s actually beautiful,” Reed Goodman, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania, “I think the first feature to show itself was this beautiful oven (CNN).”
Because of the many different fires that took place and the ash that was left behind, the soils now have a sort of rainbow coloring to them, and the interior is framed by these large bricks.