What archaeologists have found in an England-based ancient settlement called Berryfields is almost impossible to comprehend: they’ve dug up four 1,700-year-old chicken eggs. They try to carefully extract each one from the soil, but the fragile ovals can’t handle the pressure. As the age-old shells crack open, the excavation team gets yet another shock.
In almost any other situation, discarded chicken eggs wouldn’t have lasted anywhere close to 1,700 years. But the Berryfields settlement had a unique feature that allowed for the organic eats to remain preserved for nearly two millennia. Former residents had chucked the eggs into a pit that filled with water and preserved them for years and years.