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Did the ancient Egyptians use cocaine?

 

 

Cocaine residue was recently found in samples taken from a 4,000 year old Egyptian mummies, again raising the possibility that ancient Egyptians had contact with South America.

These results, from a German study conducted by Svetlana Balabanova, are quite controversial. If true, ancient Egyptians would have had contact with trade partners in Columbia, Bolivia, and Peru. For this reason, some historians and scientists discount the findings. Nonetheless, many researchers will be looking for more definitive data.

Stay tuned for further results.

 

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Source: Ananova.com 11/22/00

 

 

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