Sunday, May 10, 2015

Egyptian Pharaohs Smokin the Columbian Doobie - More, University Lies Debunked

Egyptian Pharaohs Smokin the Columbian Doobie - More, University Lies Debunked

The use of a wide range of narcotic drugs in antiquity has been widely documented, although archaeologists have sometimes been too credulous of apparently scientific data, and have failed to appreciate the post-excavation histories of artefacts, including mummies. This paper examines the discovery of tobacco in the mummy of Rameses II, provides an alternative model for its origin, as a 19th-century insecticide used in conservation, and throws doubt upon the evidence for both cannabis and cocaine in ancient Egypt.



Rameses II and the tobacco beetle
P. C. Buckland and E. Panagiotakopulu (2001).
Antiquity, Volume 75, Issue289, September 2001, pp 549-556
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=9434988