A chicken egg surrounded by human feces inside an ancient cesspit for 1,000 years has been unearthed in Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said on Wednesday.
The complete egg was discovered in an industrial complex dating back to the Byzantine period, in what is now Yavne.
‘Eggshell fragments are known from earlier periods, for example in the City of David and at Caesarea and Apollonia,’ the IAA’s Lee Perry Gal, a leading expert on poultry in the ancient world, said in a statement.
‘But due to the eggs’ fragile shells, hardly any whole chicken eggs have been preserved.’
Also buried inside the ancient human waste was a collection of Islamic-period bone dolls, known as Coptic dolls, that were used as toys.