Opium in dishes from 3500 years ago. Amazing discovery in Israel

Israeli archaeologists discovered the remains of opium in pottery vessels dating back to the 14th century BC. Thus, evidence has been provided to support the theory that a hallucinogenic substance was used in ancient funeral rituals.

Joint research by the Israel Antiquities Authority museum in Jerusalem and the Weizmann Science Institute in Rechowot began in 2012 after the excavation of late Bronze Age graves in the central part of the country in Yehud, UK Guardian reported.

Archaeologists found pottery vessels resembling poppy flowers (from which opium is obtained – editor’s note). They are dated to the fourteenth century BC

Scientists examined the vessels for the presence of opium, which ancient scriptures suggested was used in funeral rituals in Canaan, an ancient land on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. In eight of them, they found remains of a hallucinogenic substance.

The dishes were probably placed in graves as part of rituals and rituals for deceased family members Archaeologist Ron Be’eri said.

During these ceremonies, family members or priests tried to summon the spirit of their deceased relatives and enter a state of ecstasy with opium – added the scientist.

However, Be’eri admitted that little is still known about the use of the hallucinogenic substance in ancient times. We can only speculate on what was done with the opium – finished.

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