Take One Small Toad, Six Plump Field Mice and Simmer Gently; Recipe Secrets Revealed of Isle's Neolithic Gourmets

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Take One Small Toad, Six Plump Field Mice and Simmer Gently; Recipe Secrets Revealed of Isle's Neolithic Gourmets


Byline: Andrew Forgrave Rural Affairs Editor

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have shown Anglesey's pre-historic inhabitants feasted on exotic stews of frog, toad, snake and field mice.

And when they fancied something different, they gorged instead on eel, wrasse and whiting.

Years of research on Anglesey's ancient monuments, revealed in a new book, have unearthed a mass of detail about the way the island's people lived in the Early Neolithic period of 40003000 BC.

At Barclodiaid y Gawres Burial Chamber, the cremated remains of two men were discovered in a ritual area of the tomb. Excavations also uncovered traces of a fire, which appears to have been extinguished by a 'stew' being poured over it.

From the tiny bones recovered, archaeologists concluded that it contained ingredients that would make even the Naked Chef blanche.

The discovery is outlined in a new edition of Anglesey: A Guide to Ancient Monuments on the Isle of Anglesey (Cadw, pounds 2.95), which provides an indepth chronology of the island's long and often turbulent history over 10,000 years. …

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