Afterlife snack: Jar of toads popped open in 4,000-year-old Canaanite tomb dig
By AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN for The Times of Israel
Excavation just outside Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo gives window into funerary rites with unexpected remains of decapitated frogs and not-local myrtle and date pollen
A 4,000-year-old Canaanite “burial kit” has been found to include an afterlife snack pack of nine decapitated frogs. Discovered in a salvage excavation near Jerusalem’s Biblical zoo, a set of intact jars and their contents shedsnew light on funerary rites of the Middle Bronze period — and give a window into an ancient recipe for toad.
The dig’s co-director, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Shua Kisilevitz, told The Times of Israel on Monday that while food offerings in burials are typical of the Bronze Age, “finding toads is pretty unusual,” she said. “To the best of my knowledge, the only other place in Israel with toad find was in Wadi Ara, and dates to the Late Bronze Age.”