German archaeologists have discovered a mummy cake in the basement of a house in the city of Lubeck – it was literally baked by fire from a bomb that fell 79 years ago. Now scientists are studying what it consists of and who wanted to eat it. Live Science talks about it.
Despite the fact that the cake now looks like a piece of coal, the details of the confectionery are still guessed in it – you can see roses and monograms made of cream and sugar glaze. The overall shape of the cake, the nut filling, the decoration details, and even its waxed paper wrapper remained intact after the dough was turned into a crunchy cake-shaped charcoal briquette during an air raid during World War II.
On the night of March 28, 1942 (and early in the morning of March 29), the British Royal Air Force bombed Lubeck in response to a Nazi blitz in Coventry, England, in 1940. According to Dirk Rieger, head of the archeology department of the Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments in the Hanseatic city of LÃ¼beck, the nut-filled cake was just unrolled when the bombs fell and all the floors of the building collapsed into the basement. Somehow, not only was the cake not crushed, but the intense heat of the flame quickly seared and carbonized the confection.
Artifacts and other remains found deep beneath buildings in the Lubeck sediments are exceptionally well-preserved, Rieger said.
“The underground layer is made of clay, so the preservation of organic materials is excellent,â€� he explained. – You dig about seven meters and you find yourself in the 1100s. We have all the artifacts left over from urban and commercial activities over eight or nine centuries, but the way they survived is absolutely unique. ”
To date, excavations in the vicinity of LÃ¼beck have unearthed more than 4 million items, from tiny children’s shoes to entire medieval ships.
Workers found the cake in April during infrastructure work in the Old Town district of LÃ¼beck, near the town hall and the main market. Due to the important historical status of LÃ¼beck, archaeologists control all construction work in the city. Experts were already in attendance when workers opened the basement and discovered a blackened cake, as well as plates, knives, spoons and vinyl records that included Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.