The only total chicken’s egg from Roman Britain is a “genuinely unique discovery”, according to a specialist.
It was among 4 hen’s eggs found during a dig in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, although 3 broke launching a “powerful stink”.
The “amazing collection” of other organic finds consisted of leather shoes, wooden tools and a “really unusual” basket.
Archaeologist Edward Biddulph said the level and range of discoveries “was more than could be foreseen”.
Mr Biddulph, senior project manager with Oxford Archaeology South, stated the “standout discoveries” were found in a pit.
From the late Third Century, people tossed items into it for good luck “similar to a wishing well”, he stated.
Mr Biddulph stated: “The pit was still waterlogged and this has protected an exceptional collection of organic items.
” The majority of remarkable of all was a basketry tray, made of woven oak bands and willow rods, and four chickens’ eggs.”
The eggs were so vulnerable, 3 broke launching a “potent odor of rotten egg”, he stated.
Eggs were connected with fertility, rebirth and the Roman gods Mithras and Mercury.
Eggshell fragments have actually been found before, generally in Roman graves, but this is the “just complete Roman egg known in Britain” and “a truly unique discovery”, Mr Biddulph said.
He thinks the eggs and bread basket could have been food offerings cast into the pit as part of a spiritual event during a funeral procession.
Pre-Roman finds were also discovered, however the site reverted to agriculture after the late 4th Century.
The dig happened between 2007 and 2016, ahead of the advancement of the Berryfields website, a mix of real estate and neighborhood centers.
It surrounds the Roman road of Akeman Street, under the A41, next to the Roman town at Fleet Marston.
The complete results of the dig are being revealed after 3 years of analysis