The oldest pipe found in history proves the old use of tobacco in North America



A group of American archaeologists and chemists has discovered signs that mankind has known smoking more than 3,000 years ago. Scientists have studied archeological finds found in the late 1930s during excavations at an ancient Indian residential complex. They discovered among the artifacts a pipe of tobacco containing the nicotine effects of tobacco, 3,000 years old.

The smoking pipe, believed to have been used for therapeutic purposes, was made of calcareous rocks near the confluence of the Flint and Tennessee rivers. The area was recently flooded with water after a dam was built near the city of Guntersville, Alabama.

The researchers studied the artifacts of mass spectrometry (an analytical technique for determining the constituents of a substance or molecule). It was found that the smoking tube had clear traces of nicotine, and that the bones in the same place dated from 1685 to 1530 BC.

The results confirmed that the smoking tube was conclusive evidence of the oldest “pipe” in history and that the oldest documented tobacco use was in North America.


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