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Authors: McGovern, Patrick E.
Mirzolan, Armen
Hall, Gretchen R.
Title: Ancient Egyptian herbal wines
Date: 2009
Source: PNAS
Abstract: Chemical analyses of ancient organics absorbed into pottery jars from the beginning of advanced ancient Egyptian culture, ca. 3150 B.C., and continuing for millennia have revealed that a range of natural products—specifically, herbs and tree resins—were dispensed by grape wine. These findings provide chemical evidence for ancient Egyptian organic medicinal remedies, previously only ambiguously documented in medical papyri dating back to ca. 1850 B.C. They illustrate how humans around the world, probably for millions of years, have exploited their natural environments for effective plant remedies, whose active compounds have recently begun to be isolated by modern analytical techniques.
Date Created: 3/31/2011
Volume: 106
Number: 18
Page Start: 7361
Page End: 7366