Sunday, August 5, 2012

Trace of Chocolate found on 2,500-year-old Plate

Recently, archeologists have claimed of having found trace of a chocolate which is about 2,500 years old. It has come to light that the trace of the chocolate as been found in Yucatan peninsula. The discovery has been made by the researchers of National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico.
Archaeologist Tomas Gallareta said, “This is the first time it has been found on a plate used for serving food. It is unlikely that it was ground there (on the plate), because for that they probably used metates (grinding stones)”.
The marks of chocolates have been found on the fragmented plates found in 2001 at the Paso del Macho, Yucatan. Before the discovery, researchers believed that in the pre-Hispanic cultures cacao beans and pods were used in the beverage. However, the recent findings have changed researchers view about eating habits.
Now, it has come to light that the chocolate was served with solid food to the people. The traces of chocolate found on the plate are proofs that chocolate was served with solid food. Modern Mexicans just like pre-Hispanic cultures also consume chocolate sauce with chicken.

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1 comment:

Heather said...

Chocolate was well liked even back then I suppose. Very interesting find.