Around the world, people are still making incredible discoveries from the past. Most of the time, when we think about these historical findings, we imagine ancient artifacts like buried treasure or perhaps even an entire hidden city.

Sometimes, however, the odd items that people uncover from the past are just plain strange. After all, things have changed quite a bit throughout human history!

In Ireland in 2016, for instance, one man found something very old—and very weird—in the last place you might expect. What it was will either gross you out… or make you hungry!

A 2,000-year-old sphere of butter was found in a bog in County Meath, Ireland in 2016—and experts say it’s still edible! That being said, you could be forgiven for opting to eat fresh butter from your local supermarket instead…

Experts say this may have been a ceremonial offering to the gods. Butter was often preserved for long periods of time by burying it in bogs, so it’s entirely possible that its makers could have just been saving it for later!

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Pictured here are Cavan County Museum curator Savina Donohoe, farmer Jack Conway, and assistant keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, Andy Halpin.

While this long-preserved bit of dairy is technically edible, it’s destined to live out its buttery days under glass, in a refrigerated case, in Cavan County Museum. Hopefully, this amazing dairy artifact will remain protected for 2,000 years more!

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What would you do if you found out that the butter that you put on your toast this morning for breakfast actually came from a 2000-year-old bog? For all you know, it could taste perfectly, unremarkably normal!


But why was this butter in a bog? In case you don’t know, a bog is a sort of wetland that consists mostly of decayed plant matter and mosses, mostly from peat. They have also been called muskegs, mires, and quagmires, and they’re mostly located in cool regions in the north.

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Because of their unique composition, bogs have a large number of functional uses (besides hiding butter for thousands of years, of course). This includes everything from making fuel to forming distilleries. To this day, bogs are popular areas for the development of communities.

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The largest wetland in the world, Siberia, is actually comprised of a series of bogs, covering about 386,102 square miles throughout Russia. You can store a whole lot of butter in there! Unfortunately, though, the frozen peat also contains billions of tons of methane gas.

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Nonetheless, wherever you find bogs—and whatever you may find in each one of them—there is no denying that they are quite beautiful. From Ireland to Russia, they’re truly some of the most remarkable parts of our planet.

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Would you try this 2,000-year-old bog butter? For all you know, with all the time that it’s taken to age, it could be delicious!

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