Cavan County Museum
Savina Donohoe, curator of Cavan County Museum with Jack Conway, centre, and National Museum’s Andy Halpin
The ‘bog butter’ was in Emlagh bog in County Meath, Ireland, by a turf cutter and it seems perfectly preserved.
Bogs were often used to preserve foodstuffs as they are cool, oxygen-poor eonvironments.
A massive 10kg ball of butter thought to be 2,000 years old has been uncovered in a bog – and experts say that it’s still EDIBLE.
But experts at the Cavan County Museum believe that this particular ball was an offering to gods.
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The “creamy white dairy product, which smells like a strong cheese” was found by Jack Conway from Maghera in County Cavan, reports the Irish Times .
The example has been passed to the National Museum , where assistant keeper in the museum’s Irish Antiquities Division Andy Halpin says it’s significant because it was found in an area where the boundaries of three ancient baronies met.
“These bogs in those times were inaccessible, mysterious places,” he said.
“It is at the juncture of three separate kingdoms, and politically it was like a no-man’s-land – that is where it all hangs together.”
He added: “Theoretically the stuff is still edible – but we wouldn’t say it’s advisable.”
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