Ancient Romans used hallucinogenic drugs, new study shows

Ancient Romans used the poisonous nightshade Black henbane as a hallucinogenic drug, a new study entitled “Evidence of the intentional use of black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) in the Roman Netherlands,” conducted in the ancient Roman ruins of Houten-Castellum in the Netherlands, claims. The seeds of the plant in question, Black henbane, were found in […]

New study suggests 17th century Italians were cannabis users

A new peer-reviewed study entitled “Forensic toxicological analyses reveal the use of cannabis in Milano (Italy) in the 1600s,” published in the Journal of Archeological Science, established that 17th-century Italians used cannabis for recreational purposes or medical purposes.  Basing their study on the crypt of the once-renowned 17th century Milanese hospital Ospedale Maggiore, researchers […]

Study: Skull with ‘execution-style wounds’ spotlights colonial Indonesia

A skull was analyzed with “execution-style” wounds from colonial Indonesia, suggesting that a woman was killed due to enslavement or suspected sorcery, a new study, published in mid-September in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, reported. The skull was found on Biak Island in the Papua province of Indonesia in 1935 by scientists from Airlangga […]

Caves in Spain contain ancient human remains that were modified – study

Ancient human remains that were buried in caves in Spain have been shown to be modified prior to their burial, according to a recent study. The research, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday last week, examines the Cueva de los Marmoles, one of the most important cave contexts from southern Spain. […]