Chewing tar in the early Holocene: an archaeological and ethnographic evaluation

@article{Aveling1999ChewingTI,
  title={Chewing tar in the early Holocene: an archaeological and ethnographic evaluation},
  author={Elizabeth Aveling and Claude H{\'e}ron},
  journal={Antiquity},
  year={1999},
  volume={73},
  pages={579 - 584}
}
In an editorial in 1897, the British Medical Journal (ii: 1112) reported on increase in the ‘disgusting habit’of chewing gum, prepared from rubber or plant resin flavoured with aniseed or peppermint. However, the use of masticants is a much more widespread and long-term behaviour with possible health implications for humans. Here, samples of Mesolithic date from Scandinavia are identified and discussed. 

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