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Mar 7, 2012 10:10 AM

How a Ship Full of Fish Helped Recreate an Ancient Fish Sauce (Smithsonian)

"The ship was full of fish—maybe even live ones. Italian researchers found that the vessel contained what amounts to a giant fish tank—a hydraulic system capable of transporting 440 pounds of live parrotfish (Scarus ssp.) from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The wreck also contains 600 amphorae, some with well-preserved fish sauce inside."

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  1. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    I wonder whether the parrotfish were used for garum or for other purposes. They are so beautiful.

    1. Food and history...two of my favorite topics. Thanks for the info, Mel. I'll have to check my copy of Apicius for more.

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      1. re: njmarshall55

        Do let us know (on the Home Cooking board) if you start experimenting with garum production.