``Evidence of curry making'' 2000 years ago is found in ruins in Southeast Asia

Curry is a spice dish that is popular not only in Japan but all over the world. A new research team at the Australian National University has reported that it has discovered traces of curry making about 2000 years ago in the ruins of Vietnam. The traces found also included spices that were not collected around Vietnam, indicating the possibility that a global trade route was built about 2000 years ago.

Earliest curry in Southeast Asia and the global spice trade 2000 years ago | Science Advances


Researchers find evidence of a 2,000-year-old curry, the oldest ever found in Southeast Asia

The research team was conducting an excavation survey at the ruins of ' Okeo ' in southern Vietnam.

As a result of the excavation survey, from 2017 to 2019, many ``tools for grinding spices'' such as the following were unearthed.

When the excavated tools were analyzed, starch derived from multiple species of plants was detected. A detailed analysis of these starches revealed that they were derived from spices used in curry, such as turmeric, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Furthermore, as a result of dating the excavated items, it turned out that the excavated items were made between 207 AD and 326 AD. However, some of the detected spices included those that could not be collected in Vietnam between 207 and 326 AD, suggesting the possibility that extensive trade routes connecting Vietnam and the world were maintained between 207 and 326 AD.

According to the research team, another excavation survey conducted from 2017 to 2020 unearthed plant remains that were better preserved than those used in this study. For this reason, future research may reveal details of the spices and trade routes used around Vietnam.

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