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Traces of Bronze Age-era cereals discovered in Swiss mountains

A Bronze Age wooden box uncovered in the Swiss mountains in 2012 has proved an exciting find for scientists as it sheds new light on the kind of food eaten by prehistoric settlers.

Scientists have discovered a 4,000-year-old lunchbox containing traces of cereal that may have been used by a prehistoric settler for sustenance as he made the gruelling climb across the Swiss mountains. Researchers including Newcastle University's Dr Francesco Carrer said they found microscopic traces of ancient wheat, known as biomarkers, which suggested the box was used to carry cereal. Read the full article here and coverage of the discovery here.

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