Open Fire: What a BBQ Looked Like 7,700 Years Ago

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As you head to the store this weekend for holiday barbecue supplies, consider this: to enjoy a cookout 7,700 years ago, you would have had to club an auroch and butcher it with a flint blade before carrying a majority of the meat back to your settlement. Archaeologists recently discovered evidence of such a meal in the Netherlands, with a surprising appetizer.

Bone marrow from the auroch’s legs was the hunters’ starter of choice, after either catching the auroch in a trap and clubbing it or shooting it with a bow and arrow. The skin and large pieces of meat were carried back with them, but before returning to the settlement, the hunters cooked the ribs over an open fire.

The now-extinct auroch was a wild Eurasian ox with curved horns, larger than modern day cows. Such a big animal was likely a good catch for the hunters, as it would be 1,000 years before farmers would bring domesticated cattle to the area.

Read more: Prehistoric BBQ Leftovers Found at Discovery News

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