3000 BC - SURPRISING 5,000-YEAR-OLD CANNABIS TRADE: EURASIAN STEPPE NOMADS WERE EARLIEST POT DEALERS
nomad tribe known as the Yamnaya, who were among the founders of the
European civilization, may have been the first pot dealers,
archaeologists say. Moreover, they were responsible for the first
transcontinental trade of cannabis.
tribe of nomads came from the eastern Steppe region, which is
nowadays Russia and Ukraine, and entered Europe about 5,000 years
ago, bringing with them herding skills, metallurgy and even the
Indo-European languages. According to a recent analysis, they were
also responsible for introducing marijuana and establishing the first
transcontinental trade of the herb.
The research carried out by
specialists from the German Archaeological Institute and the Free
University of Berlin, involved a systematic review of archaeological
and paleo-environmental records of cannabis fibres, pollen and achene
across Europe and East Asia. During the study, they concluded that
the herb was not first used and domesticated somewhere in China or
Central Asia. Rather, it was used in Europe and East Asia at the same
time – between 11,500 and 10,200 years ago.
ancient-origins.net, 22 July, 2016 by Natalia Klimczak