Earliest evidence of Chocolate in North America found in Utah

Published on January 30th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists have found 1,200-year-old traces of theobromine and caffeine in ancient bowls found near Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

They were humble farmers who grew corn and dwelt in subterranean pit houses. But the people who lived 1200 years ago in a Utah village known as Site 13, near Canyonlands National Park in Utah, seem to have had at least one indulgence: chocolate. Researchers report that half a dozen bowls excavated from the area contain traces of chocolate, the earliest known in North America. The finding implies that by the end of the 8th century C.E., cacao beans, which grow only in the tropics, were being imported to Utah from orchards thousands of kilometers away.

[Full story] Story: Traci Watson, Science Magazine | Photo: Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology/Harvard University

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