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Mayans cooked food with clay balls

world Updated: Dec 01, 2012 00:03 IST

Mayans cooked their food usingrounded clay balls, according to US archaeologists, who unearthed dozens of such pieces from a site in Mexico.

The excavation of a kitchen at Escalera al Cielo in Yucatan, revealed 77 complete balls and 912 smaller fragments.

About 1-2 inches in diameter and more than 1,000 years old, the clay balls contained microscopic pieces of maize, beans, squash and other root crops.

The finding supports the hypothesis that the balls "were involved in kitchen activities related to food processing," archaeologists wrote in the Journal of Archaeological Science.