March 04, 2004
Scholars are mad about pushing back the first reliable date of the medical use of a plant.
They base their case on frescoes at Thera, a Greek island in the Aegean, that have been thought to depict a goddess overseeing the production of perfume or spice. Instead, the scholars say, the frescos, from 1500 or 1600 B.C. — the exact date is a topic of debate — show the goddess presiding over the manufacture and use of a drug from the saffron flower.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 4, 2004 10:07 AM