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The ancient drink of the Aztecs

The Washington Post has posted an interesting article about pulque, the ancient drink of the Aztecs. Pulque comes from the heart of the blue maguey, or agave, cactus, which — when punctured at maturity — produces a sweet sap called aguamiel, or honey water. In the Codex Borbonicus from the 1530s,

Ancient tsunami ‘hit New York’

A huge tsunami may have crashed into the New York City region over 2000 years ago, dumping sediment and shells across Long Island and New Jersey and casting wood debris far up the Hudson River. Steven Goodbred, an Earth scientist at Vanderbilt University, said large gravel, marine fossils and other unusual

Scientists identify herbs in ancient Egyptian medicines

'Archaeochemistry' is finding out if ingredients in ancient remedies were effective and scientists are seeing some promise. One Egyptian clay jar, estimated to be more than 5,000 years old, yielded flaky residue that suggests a veritable apothecary of possible ingredients: coriander, senna, germander, balm and savory, among others. Samples scraped from

Ancient Persian tablets are digitized

Scientists at the University of Chicago have digitally recorded thousands of ancient Persian tablets that tell an unusually detailed story of the Persian Empire. "They were written, sealed and filed in a short span of time, between 509 and 493 B.C., in the middle of the reign of the Achaemenid Persian

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