Ancient Iberians Ingested Red Dust Loaded With Mind-Altering Mercury

Ancient Iberians Ingested Mercury-Rich Dust

Recent excavations in Spain have uncovered a fascinating aspect of ancient Iberian

Ancient Iberians Ingested Red Dust Loaded With Mind-Altering Mercury

culture. A 5,000-year-old community ingested cinnabar, a mercury-rich mineral, likely for its hallucinogenic properties. This practice, which led to mercury poisoning, sheds light on the spiritual and ritualistic behaviors of the time. Such discoveries highlight the complexities of ancient cultures and their interactions with natural substances.

Takeaway: The use of cinnabar by ancient Iberians reveals intriguing details about their rituals and beliefs, providing a deeper understanding of their cultural practices.

Photo credit: Álvaro Fernández Flores and Leonardo García Sanjuán

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