Newsbrief: Archeological Evidence of Bronze Age Drug Trade 8/9/02

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Archeologists in the Middle East announced that "a thriving Bronze Age drug trade supplied narcotics to ancient cultures throughout the eastern Mediterranean as a balm for the pain of childbirth and disease," the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

An analysis of ancient ceramic pots shaped like opium poppy pods and bearing white markings symbolic of the knife cuts made on the pods to allow the opium to ooze out -- some dating as far back as 1,400 BC -- showed traces of opium, researchers told a conference at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Hundreds of the pots have been found, and they are widely available in regional antiquities shops.

The researchers added that they believe opium and hashish were used during surgery and to treat other pains and ailments. Citing ancient Egyptian medical writings, the researchers said hashish was used to ease menstrual cramps and as an analgesic during childbirth. Hashish also relaxes the user and increases the force and frequency of contractions in women giving birth, medical researchers found.

No word on whether Pharoah's men were standing by to prosecute unwary healers on RICO violations. Nor is there any solid evidence that the drugs were being used for partying. "We know for sure these things were used for medical purposes," said Joe Zias, an anthropologist at Hebrew University. "The question is whether they were used for recreational purposes."

"These guys were selling opium all over the Middle East," joked researcher Mark Spigelman. "This is the original Medellin cartel, 3,500 years ago."

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