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Researchers from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) found archaeological remains dating from the Iron Age and Antiquity during excavations in the commune of Brebières, in northern France, the institution reported on May 15.
One of the most outstanding pieces is a charred bread with a diameter of 10 centimeters discovered at the bottom of a landfill in a layer that contained seeds. According to carbon-14 tests, the object dates back to the period between40 a. and A.D. 87.
Archaeologists almost never find food remains, since they decompose quickly on the ground, but this bread, probably fallen in a fire, changed its chemical composition, allowing it to withstand the passage of time andbe almost completely preserved.
The excavation also uncovered severalenclosuresof the La Tène culture, belonging to the Second Iron Age, which are part of a network of ditches located in an area of more than 150 hectares that includes various habitats and agro-pastoral spaces.
In addition, two quadrangular apartment buildings on poles were discovered at the site. The goods collected there date from the period between the second half of the1st century and late 2nd century.
During the work, the archaeologists also found four horse skeletons buried in a grave.