2,000-Year-Old Butter Found in Ireland
Food| | By Lauren Boudreau
If you were wondering how long your butter will last, it turns out, a very, very long time. Irishman Jack Conway discovered a block of the stuff in the Emlagh bog near his home in County Meath, and it’s believed to be about 2,000 years old.
But wait, doesn’t butter melt, or something? Well, apparently bogs have “excellent preservative properties – low temperature, low oxygen and highly acidic environment,” according to the Cavan County Museum. The lump of butter weighs about 22 pounds and was found about 12 feet below the bog. It will be sent to the National Museum in Ireland for further analysis and preservation.
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