Israeli archaeologists uncover earliest known use of opium…


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Israeli archaeologists uncover earliest known use of opium in the ancient world, dating 14th century BCE


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  1. The earliest evidence of opium use has been found in an ancient burial site in Israel. Not only does the discovery tell archeologists about the trippy funerals of the Bronze Age, but it’s also shedding light on the murky opium trade of the Levant during the 14th century BCE.

    Burying someone alongside some drugs might seem a little bit strange by today’s standards, but a wide variety of archeological digs have shown how drugs have played an important role in funerary rituals throughout history.

  2. I feel like a discovery like this suggests that a level of free time and security that we hadn’t previously considered 14th century BCE humans as having. Getting blasted off opiates isn’t something a nomadic hunter-gatherer could do in my mind at least.