"Some years ago a German scientist, Dr Svetla Balabanova, made a discovery which was to baffle Egyptologists, and call into question whole areas of science and archeology to chemistry and botany."
"She discovered that the mummified body of Henut Taui contained large quantities of cocaine and nicotine. The surprise was not just that the ancient Egyptians had taken drugs, but that these drugs come from tobacco and coca, plants completely unknown outside the Americas."
The Mystery of the Cocaine Mummies
The only known concentrated source of nicotine is tobacco, and cocaine is found only in the coca plant. Both are New World plants.
So here is the question: Where the ancient Egyptians crossing the sea to get these drugs or where they getting them some other way? Here are the possibilities that would explain the presence of both nicotine and cocaine:
- Trade with South America
- The nicotine and cocaine came from some other plant that is now extinct
- Carried by an African Swallow