Archaeologists working at the famous Salisbury Plain where Stonehenge is located have unearthed several cans of bacon and sunscreen dating from the Second World War. Spoiler alert: it’s not really bacon anymore…

(Courtesy Wessex Archaeology ) Cans of U.S. military sunscreen and bacon

There’s more to Salisbury Plain than Stonehenge: a few months ago, geo-archaeologists have revealed that the entire field was actually a massive cultural center, but even that’s not the entire story.┬áSalisbury Plain has been a British military training ground since the early 20th century, and the US military used it to prepare for the 1944 intervention in occupied France.

“The military has been on Salisbury Plain for decades so it’s not been ploughed up or disturbed by developers,” the BBC quoted Matt Leivers, from Wessex Archaeology, as saying.

It’s not the first time something like that was found. In recent years, archaeologists on the site have uncovered American provisions several times, and the contents are still intact… except for the bacon – there’s no bacon.

“The state of preservation of some of the U.S. issued provisions goes to show how well-made they were,” she wrote, noting, however, that the bacon tins were found to be empty.

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