What archaeologists have found in this part of England is almost impossible to comprehend. Astonishingly, they’ve somehow managed to unearth four 1,700-year-old chicken eggs. But as the group try to carefully extract each egg from the soil, the fragile finds can’t handle the pressure. And as the shells crack open, the excavation team get yet another shock that may well have made their stomachs turn.
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 them to remain preserved for nearly two millennia. Former residents had thrown the eggs into a pit, you see, and as this hole had filled with water, it had neatly kept the items intact as the decades passed.