“In a Desert Oasis an Ancient Burial Shroud was discovered:”
“Archaeologists discovered preserved Cannabis”
The plants were on the corpse:
Archaeologists found the body of a middle-aged man. Furthermore, the cannabis plants were across his body. This was before his burial in Turpan, China, 2,500 years ago. Archaeologists are saluting the discovery of cannabis found in an ancient burial in northwest China. In addition, the unique find of cannabis adds to our knowledge of ancient Eurasian cultures using the cannabis plant. Years ago the Eurasian cultures used the cannabis plants for rituals and medicinal purposes. Archaeologists say the adult man was approximately 35 years old. In addition, the man had Caucasian features. His burial was in China’s Turpan Basin. The man was on a wooden bed. For the burial the man had a reed pillow beneath his head.
The Ancient Cannabis Plant Preserved:
Well-preserved cannabis plants were on the body. Hence, the thirteen cannabis plants were three feet long. They placed the plants on the man’s chest. Furthermore, the cannabis roots were beneath his pelvis while the tops of the plants were under his chin. The cannabis plants went up and alongside the left side of his chin. To test the burial contents they use radiocarbon dating. Archaeologists discovered that the burial occurred 2,400 to 2,800 years ago. In addition, this discovery is a collection of archaeological evidence from thousands of years ago. The evidence shows that cannabis consumption was “very popular” across the Eurasian steppe.
The burial took place at the Jiayi cemetery in Turpan. As a result, they excavated 240 graves for research. The graves were from the Subeixi culture. Consequently, the Subeixi culture occupied the area between 3,000 to 2,000 years ago. At the time, Turpan’s desert oasis was the place to stop on the Silk Road. Other Turpan burials had cannabis plants in them. Most noteworthy, in a Yanghai cometary they found cannabis plants. A decade ago they discovered the cemetery. The Turpan burials contained two pounds of cannabis seeds and powdered leaves.
The first time for Archaeologists:
For the first time archaeologists found complete cannabis plants. For the first time archaeologists found the first occurrence of their use as a ‘shroud’ for the burial. Most noteworthy,west of Turpan is where cannabis seeds were discovered for the first time. First millennium B.C. Scythian burials. The burial in southern Siberia included a woman who died of breast cancer. Archaeologists suspect she was using the cannabis plants to ease her symptoms as a result. However, this is the first time archaeologists recovered complete cannabis plants. Therefore, the burial incidence has cannabis plants as a shroud. Archaeologists recorded this for the first time.
The cannabis plants in Turpan burials consisted of the plants parts which is eapecially relevant. In addition, this makes it difficult for archaeologists. The archaeologists must determine whether the plants were grown locally or from neighboring regions. Cannabis plants covered the the body. As a result, archaeologists concluded that the cannabis plants had been fresh. They grew the cannabis plants for the burial locally which is especially relevant.
The Female Cannabis Plant:
In addition, all of the flowering heads of the 13 female cannabis plants had been cut off. They cut the heads before the cannabis plant was placed on the body. The few plants that remained were nearly ripe and contained some immature fruit. In late summer, the Jiayi people collected the plants. Consequently, the ancient cannabis plant had resinous “hairs” that contain psychoactive compounds.
The Cannabis Plant has Psychoactive Qualities:
First of all, a question archaeologist’s grapple with is the purpose of the cannabis plants presence. T Cannabis plant has psychoactive properties. The plant has durable hemp fibers. You can weave hemp fibers into cloth. The plant has nutritious, oil-rich seeds. Turpan burials have no hemp fabrics. Archaeologists found the plants seeds were too small to serve as a food source.
The Jiayi Plants:
Meanwhile, glandular trichomes covered the Jiayi plants. Glandular trichomes are tiny hairs in the cannabis plants that secrete resin containing psychoactive cannabinoids such as THC. According to archaeologists, marijuana contains psychoactive resin. People grow marijuana for that purpose. In conclusion, the cannabis plant is used as incense and as a beverage.