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  1. wastedxgirl

    "People who colonized the Caribbean from South America about 1,500 years ago brought with them heirloom drug paraphernalia that had been passed down from generation to generation, anthropologists propose.

    Ceramic inhaling bowls found on the island of Carriacou, in the West Indies, date back to between roughly 400 and 100 B.C, according to a study headed by Scott Fitzpatrick, an assistant professor of anthropology at North Carolina State University. These dates are well before the paraphernalia was carried to Carriacou by migrants from South America in about A.D. 400.

    Ceramic snuffing tubes and inhaling bowls used for ingesting hallucinogenic substances are known from several islands in the West Indies, but their chronological distribution is often vague, the researchers said.

    Using a process called luminescence to date the bowls, as well as analysis of the material from which the bowls were made, the researchers determined that the artifacts “appear to have been transported to Carriacou when it was colonized — possibly hundreds of years after they were made,” Fitzpatrick said.

    Scholars have long thought that the people who settled the Caribbean islands likely brought heirlooms with them, Fitzpatrick said. “The bowls are the first physical evidence we’ve found to support that claim.”

    The study, “Evidence for inter-island transport of heirlooms: luminescence dating and petrographic analysis of ceramic inhaling bowls from Carriacou, West Indies,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Archaeological Science.

    A partial inhaling bowl found at the site of Grand Bay on Carriacou in deposits dating between about A.D. 1000-1200, along with two specimens from the local museum, were dated using luminescence to determine their antiquity."


    Photo Credits: North Carolina State University
    Article Originally published: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2008/10/20/prehistoric_drug_paraphernalia/

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  1. Lolo from crazy woman
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 17, 2017
    So that where Great Grandpa ran off too.
  2. detoxin momma
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Feb 14, 2017
    how neat!!
    1. wastedxgirl
      Thank you, I thought so too! National Geographic is always full of fascinating reads, especially when wide awake at 4am. :) It is so interesting how history preserves itself... and now drug paraphernalia, too! I never would have thought! I just had to post it when I read it. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall and seen the discovering archaeologists' face. Bet that was a good one!


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    1. wastedxgirl
      I just posted a lengthy help request in that newsthread re: formatting issues I'm having. I did recieve your other message though, to my profile, so thank you for additional feedback. Until the issue can be resolved, I added a link to my source at the end of the article. Thanks for your help and patience while I try to navigate the formatting difficulties.
    2. Beenthere2Hippie
      no problem. You also do not have to put that many links on a story, as more than a handful look overburdensome. lolk. Just a handful of pertinent ones will do. Good to have another news poster! Welcome!
  2. Calliope
    1. wastedxgirl
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