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Inscribed Ottoman-era pipe found in Jerusalem

A pipe inscribed with the phrase “Love is the language for lovers” has been found in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter.

Literally translated, the inscription reads “Heart is language for the lover.” And, not surprisingly, it was most likely a gift to a lover, according to Shahar Puni, of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“Clay pipes of this kind were very common in the Ottoman period, were mostly used for smoking tobacco, and some were even used to smoke hashish,” Puni said in a statement. Hashish comes from the cannabis plant, like marijuana.

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Story: Wynne Parry, LiveScience | Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

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