People were eating pasta in China at least 2,000 years before the practice emerged in Italy, according to an archaeological find.

A 4,000-year-old bowl of yellow noodles was uncovered at the Lajia archaeological dig near Yellow River in northwestern China, reported the Times.

The noodles are about 50cm long and 3mm in diameter, and appear to have been made by stretching a millet flour dough by hand.
The origin of Italian pasta is unclear – on theory suggests it reached Italy from the Arab world between the 5th and 8th centuries, the newspaper said.

Details of the find were published in the journal Nature.