“It’s a once-in-a-century discovery,” Anton Gass, an archaeologist in Berlin, told Nat Geo. “These are among the finest objects we know from the region.”
So, what merits the title of “the finest objects” discovered in the last century? 2,400-year-old gold bongs found in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. Somehow, the ancient artifacts escaped the hands of looters for more than two millennia, and were only uncovered when Andrei Belinski, an archaeologist in Stavropol, lead an excavation to clear the way for power lines.
A familiar black residue was found inside the bowl-shaped vessels and after testing, criminologists confirmed traces of cannabis and opium. Nat Geo points out that Greek historian Herodotus (died 425BC) claimed the Scythians, nomads known for their drug-fueled practices, used a plant “that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass … transported by the vapor, [they] shout aloud.”
Looks like our ancient predecessors were lighting up well before our time.