Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The morning brew, 1000 CE

Technical analysis of stains on pottery remains at Cahokia, a large city that thrived near what is now St. Louis, Missouri, in the period 1000-1300 CE, confirms that the people there were drinking a highly caffeinated tea brewed from leaves imported from at least 800 400 km away.

So nice archaeological story -- diet, cultural habits, hi-tech science, pre-colonial trade, all the markers.  What made it catch the eye is Science mag's clever headline: "The Starbucks of Ancient America."

When they find similar evidence in proto-Huron sites in southern Ontario, we'll insert the appropriate Timmy's reference.  And one wonders why no explanation of why the precious plant in question is called ilex vomitoria.
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