According to Jack Conway, who discovered this ancient sphere, the 22- pound (10 kilo) massive orb that had been sitting in Emblagh bog for more than two thousand years is edible, although it is not recommended for sampling. By analyzing the foliage and earth surrounding the object, experts believe the bog butter to be at least 2,000 years old.

Burying butter in bogs was not unusual practice in ancient times.

Historians reveal that the practice of burying butter in bogs was not that uncommon in Ireland and Scotland. While this seems incomprehensible by our modern understanding of refrigeration and the decay of dairy products, apparently the ancient world knew something that we don’t.

The bog butter has a waxy appearance and is an unusual find because it wasn’t buried inside a wooden casket or covered in animal hide, which was the normal practice for storing butter in ancient times. It is possible that the strange ball for whatever reason, was not meant to be found.

How is it possible for butter to survive two thousand years?

It is believed that the preservative effects of the bog, which include: low temperatures, low oxygen content and high acidity coupled with the fact that the area is extremely isolated and remote are responsible for the butter’s non-deterioration.

Bog butter was often buried in Ireland in prehistoric times to be dug up later. Experts surmise that the butter was in all probability meant as an offering to the bog gods that be in the hope of renewed prosperity.

Turf cutters discovered the butter 12 feet below the surface.

Farmer, Jack Conway, discovered the butter while cutting turf for fuel last month in Emlagh Bog, County Meath, which is the 14th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and the 9th largest in terms of population. He reported his discovery to the Cavan County Museum where it was then sent to the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin for research and proper age assessment via carbon dating.

The discovery of this bog butter is historically significant.

According to Andy Halpin, the assistant keeper in the museum’s Irish Antiquities Division, the location of the find is important because “it was found in the Drakerath area at the juncture of where 11 towns lands and the boundaries of three ancient baronies met.”

Butter, anyone?

One brave chef named Kevin Thornton has revealed he tasted the creamy white bog butter which smells like a very strong cheese., but no one else seems to be very hungry.

Perhaps all are awaiting the discovery of a 2,000 year-old loaf of bread to top off the prehistoric snack?

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