Eat Like The Ancient Babylonians: Researchers Cook Up Nearly 4,000-Year-Old Recipes

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What did a meal taste like nearly 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylonia? Pretty good, according to a team of international scholars that has deciphered and is re-creating what are considered to be the world’s oldest-known culinary recipes. The recipes were inscribed on ancient Babylonian tablets that researchers have known about since early in the 20th century, but that were not properly translated until the end of the century. The tablets are part of the Yale Babylonian Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum. Three of the tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C., according to Harvard University Assyriologist and cuneiform scholar Gojko Barjamovic , who put together the interdisciplinary team that is reviving these ancient recipes in the kitchen. A fourth tablet was produced about 1,000 years later. All four tablets are from the Mesopotamian region, in what is today Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. “The tablets all list recipes that include instructions on how

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