1,000-year-old vessels found in Guatemala held tobacco possibly used as ‘narcotics to induce deep sleep, visions and divinatory trances’

Residue on pre-Hispanic ceramic vases unearthed in Guatemala contain traces of nicotine, a new chemical analysis reveals.

Archaeologists discovered the pottery collection at the archaeological site of Cotzumalhuapa, which served as one of Mesoamerica’s “greatest cities” during the Late Classic Period (A.D. 650 to 950), according to a study published Monday (March 4) in the journal Antiquity.

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