Tobacco found in Mayan Flask

Researchers have identified remains of tobacco inside a 1,300 year old clay flask that is decorated with hieroglyphics that read "the home of his/her tobacco."

The research was done by Dmitri Zagorevski, director of the Proteomics Core in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer, and Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman, a doctoral candidate at the University at Albany.

The approximately two-and-a-half-inch wide and high clay vessel is part of the large Kislak Collection housed at the Library of Congress, was made around 700 A.D. in the region of the Mirador Basin, in Southern Campeche, Mexico, during the Classic Mayan period. Tobacco use has long been associated with the Mayans, thanks to previously deciphered hieroglyphics and illustrations showing smoking gods and people, but physical evidence of the activity is exceptionally limited, according to the researchers.

Sumurised from "Scientists Discover the First Physical Evidence of Tobacco in a Mayan Container" on Newswise.com at http://www.newswise.com/articles/scientists-discover-the-first-physical-evidence-of-tobacco-in-a-mayan-container

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