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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.

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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.

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