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XIAN, CHINA – A  pot of soup from 2,400 years ago was found in a tomb.  And it was still hot!

The 2,400 year old bronze vessel was found near the captial of Xian.  Archaeologists also believe they found a container of wine, and traces of brie.

“It’s the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history,” the Global Times quoted Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology as saying.  “And it is the first time, we’ve ever discovered soup that was still in a bowl and  still piping hot!”

“The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC).”   That is if they can keep the archaeologists from eating the soup!”

The tomb was being excavated to make way for an airport extension, the report said.

Scientists were expected to conduct further tests to confirm the liquid was indeed soup and to identify the ingredients.   “It didn’t look like Hot N’ Sour soup to me, or Won Ton soup,” said American Soup Expert, John Malley.

The tomb could have held the body of either a member of the land-owning class or a low-ranking military officer, archaeologists said.

The terracotta army figures were found near Xiang in 1974 at the burial site of Qin Shihuang, China’s first emperor.

The find was made when Liu took the lid off a round, three-legged bronze cauldron. To his amazement it was full of hot liquid. He said: “When I opened the lid, I was really shocked.  And it smelled delicious!”

My guess is that the liquid did not evaporate because of the lid and because the tomb had been tightly sealed for more than 2,000 years,” he added.

Xian is the capital of the Shaanxi province, and a sub-provincial city in the People’s Republic of China. As one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,100 years of history, the city was known as Chang’an before the Ming Dynasty.  Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held that position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang.

Xi’an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army.

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85 thoughts on “2,400-YEAR-OLD SOUP”

  1. For Frank Lake to post this as he has with continuious comment supporting the statement of it being hot is at the best disingenuious, joking aside at the end make a true statement of fact for the record. I can assure anyone else questioning this that bronze as we know it will certainly take on the ambient temperature in a period much shorter than 2400 years, even some cyber insulating material could not manage that feat! I guess Frank should be writing his own standup comic routine rather than science.

  2. Don't tell me the soup was piping hot and not tell me how it was kept hot without boiling away and burning, – Just think something is wrong here!

  3. They probably don't know how it is still hot. I'd guess it was probably either a medicinal soup or maybe longevity soup. Many ingredients used in ancient herbal medicine are considered hot natured by theory. This find could be very imprtant to chinese medicine & who knows, may be start to cure for some major disease. Perhaps a forgotten or lost formula.

  4. Perhaps it was formulated to instantly get hot when air hit it so the person being buried would have something hot in their after life – like those glow in the dark bracelets that when you bend them they glow. Why not have a soup that when the air hit it, it got hot.

  5. "Hot" is a relative term.
    Something is "Hot" when is has a higher temperature than our surroundings or bodies, depending on whether we judge it by look (steam) or feel.
    "Cold" is a lack of heat.
    Heat will always chase "cold" to create a balance of temperature.
    If the ground is warmer than the air or 98.6 (body temperature), than anything found in that ground, will appear to be Hot.
    The only other explanation is that it was surrounded by a super-insulator, one that takes thousands of years to allow heat to pass through.

  6. They said it was because the lid was still on the bronze soup cauldron. Everyone knows that metal is a conductor meaning if something is hot it will stay hot and cold the same. Also, they stated that the cave was sealed up no air in or out. READ, COMPREHEND and PROCESS PEOPLE!!!! Must be that good ole American education in the works.

    The find was made when Liu took the lid off a round, three-legged bronze cauldron.
    My guess is that the liquid did not evaporate because of the lid and because the tomb had been tightly sealed for more than 2,000 years,” he added.

    • "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing." Because metal is a conductor of heat the contents of the jar would eventually reach the same temperature (equilibrium) as the surrounding environment. The same rule applies to any container made of anything. The only difference is that jars of some materials take longer to reach equilibrium. See how long hot water stays hot in a thermos flask – not more than a day or two at the most. Obviously the "still hot" comment was meant to be humorous.

    • The soup can't stay hot forever. After 2000 years the soup would be the same temp as the outside of. Being inside an airtight container does not effect the thermal dynamics of liquid.

      Yes metal is a conductor. A conductor can transfer electricity. A conductor has nothing to do with sustaining a temperature.

    • ground temperature would have cooled the soup to at least 44 degrees in temp in about a few hours, there is no way it would still be hot unless the tomb was near an active volcano and was using steam, hot rock or a hot water spring. I think you need to go back to school and learn basics.

    • "tightly sealed" not "sealed up no air in or out" You need to READ, COMPREHEND and PROCESS!!!!! Like Charles E. Orser once said, "Just dig." Look up the name……

    • Wow. It's said that they let people like you comment on here. Sounds to me like you needed a little more of that education.

  7. This is so fake. LOL! That pot would have blown up with all that steam not being able to release. lol

    I love journalism, you have to think in between the lines to figure things out, its like finding WALDO!

  8. It will be interesting what the really find after they do all the necessary tests. It may well be an old medicine that's been lost for centuries. Wouldn't that be great if it has extraordinary healing powers – goodbye Cancers! I'll be anxious to read further devlopments on this find…..


  10. Over 2,000 years & still PIPING hot, he said, ddi anybody actually taste the PIPING hot
    soup ? The picture of the PIPING hot soup looks like it was taken at a SOUSE HOUSE
    in the Bahamas.

  11. It wasn't really hot! This is the only story making that claim. It was a green, gross color, and they are going to test it to see if they can decipher the ingredients. It didn't smell good either, by the way!

  12. No one else reporting this story mentions anything about the soup still being hot. Must be a WWN special detail. Come on people, there's no way. Try to think a little.

  13. Parts of this is true, others are added. A pot of what is thought to be bone soup was found with what they think is wine. It was not hot. They aren't even sure it is soup because of the green coloring from oxidation. But it is supposed to expand on what we know of the people's diets of this time and place if it turns out to be soup.

  14. I'm sorry…. no way that soup was still hot.

    and to sherry.

    youre a dumbass.
    does your metal pots keep food hot for 2400 years? if so, then please
    let me know what brand you use.

  15. There is no way on earth that soup is "piping hot"! In hell, maybe. But not on earth. Even if that cave was a giant stanley thermos, it would eventually cool off.

  16. Search th efull story online. The soup was not still pipping hot. This is just an sensationalizing the story. what a joke. And all of you people commenting about "No way it could still be hot" are a bunch of idiots.

  17. !!hahaha!!! lets go back to basic. The surface of the earth is really hot, then it was said it was in a bronze jar. That is why the soup is still hot!! but i dont think its piping hot! and im sure no one wants to taste it!! even if they will say it is the elixir of life!!

  18. You people can't be serious. This is the Weekly World News, creators of Bat Boy and other joke stories. They've made an art form out of altering the truth, as in this case, or outright lying about the news, and some of you are actually taking this seriously? Check a credible news source, for god's sake. Yes, soup was found. It's a remarkably well preserved green sludge, undoubtedly rotten and toxic, but still liquid. That's all. It's not hot, and it's certainly not in 'just cooked' condition like the pictures in this article make it seem.

  19. faker than tha word fake but thats my opinion and im sticking to it just look at tha soup it was made at tha chinese restauraunt and i luv me some chinese food all day every day

  20. And people are concerned that a Mc Donald's Hamburger takes six months to decompose.
    ….. What did the message in the fortune cookie say?…..

  21. hey guys, just to point out, you're on the weekly world news website. they took a regular headline, added to it the joke that it was still hot, and then posted some photos of regular chinese soups. if you look, the next headline is "michael jackson spotted on the moon"

  22. Maybe the Chinese invented the first crock pot with electrical heating coil, how else would it still be hot….or how could the hermetrical seal last for 2,400 years?

  23. So.., so..,so! A 2.400 year old soup..! REMARKABLE!



  24. Alien Technology keeps the soup warm, dah.
    The bronze container is made of ore mined from asteroids, every one should know that.
    gees what gas giant were you hypervolved in.

  25. if they don't eat it first, please. i just found the holy grail, i will study it if i don't melt it down and make a wwf belt buckle first.

  26. i dont know bout anybody else but if i look at this from a scientific view it will tell you this is some type of crock or bs if u prefer..

  27. This is the most hilarious thread I have ever seen. People are actually debating whether or not it is real. Some even saying bronze is a conductor, therefore whats hot stays hot and whats cold stays cold. My hopes that the human gene pool is improving were just dashed to pieces. Alas

  28. This 3 legged cauldron is actually the first version of the chineese invention called a THERMOS.
    Wish they were still making them that good.They eventually cheapened it because of shipping costs.That cauldron weighs 93 lbs.They could not put more than 150 units in a 40 ft container
    and wallmart insisted they go back to the drawing boards.Funny thing,Mao would have attempted to swim accross the Yangtse river with one of theese cauldrons on his head. I just got
    this on the discovery chanel.

  29. What a godless world ! It's obvious to me that they have discovered the holy Grail.NY times says
    that next to the soup was a cornflake sandwich with lettuce and mayo.


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