Ancient Cannabis Burial Shroud in a Central Eurasian Cemetery

  title={Ancient Cannabis Burial Shroud in a Central Eurasian Cemetery},
  author={Hongen Jiang and Long Wang and Mark David Merlin and ROBERT C. Clarke and Yan Pan and Yong Zhang and Guoqiang Xiao and Xiaolian Ding},
  journal={Economic Botany},
An extraordinary cache of ancient, well-preserved Cannabis plant remains was recently discovered in a tomb in the Jiayi cemetery of Turpan, NW China. Radiometric dating of this tomb and the archeobotanical remains it contained indicate that they are approximately 2800–2400 years old. Both morphological and anatomical features support the identification of the plant remains as Cannabis. Research discussed in this paper describes 13 nearly whole plants of Cannabis that appear to have been locally… 
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