Traces of 3,000-year-old Cinnamon found in Israel

Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Admin

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Traces of cinnamon have been found in 3,000-year-old Phoenician flasks discovered in modern-day Israel.

Researchers analyzing the contents of 27 flasks from five archaeological sites in Israel that date back around 3,000 years have found that 10 of the flasks contain cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, indicating that the spice was stored in these flasks.

At this time cinnamon was found in the Far East with the closest places to Israel being southern India and Sri Lanka located at least 3,000 miles (nearly 5,000 kilometers) away. A form of it was also found in the interior of Africa, but does not match the material found in these flasks.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Lang Gito, Creative Commons

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