Neanderthals may have boiled their food, this according to John Speth. He speculates that these early humans may have used skin or birch bark bags to boil their food. If this is true, then this would push back the use of fire by thousands of years.
The art of making a good soup (or alcoholic beverage) has been around for much longer than previously thought
With the discovery of some of the oldest pottery known in the world -- that has evidence that it was placed in fire -- scholars are suggesting that boiling (either for making soups or alcohol) was taking place. Although pots are not necessary for boiling (as discussed in the article), this ceramic evidence pushes back the date for boiling foods by thousands of years.
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