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Hiding a hangover in ancient Egypt would've taken some work. Rather than popping an ibuprofen for a pounding drunken headache, people in Egypt may have worn a leafy necklace.
The treatment was discovered as part of an ongoing effort to translate the Oxyrhynchus papyrus - more than 500,000 documents found at the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, about 100 miles south of Cairo.
Archaeologists have discovered tax returns, census material, receipts, letters about religion, politics, military action and diaries, giving them a thorough picture of everyday life.
The hangover treatment was one of 24 new medical texts that are the latest to be translated - the 101st volume of translations to be published.
Around 10 per cent of the papyri have been found to be literary and many are private documents, codes, registers, official correspondence, tax records, bills, leases, horoscopes and inventories.
One recipe for treating a discharge of mucus from the eyes called rheum, uses a mixture of copper flakes, antimony oxide, white lead, washed lead dross, starch, dried roses, rain water, gum Arabic, poppy juice and a plant called Celtic spikenard.
originally posted by: ketsuko
They really had a fondness for using lead back in those days ... It's a wonder you don't find more cases of lead poisoning in mummies.
Clearly, ancient Egyptians didn't get the memo about lead poisoning. Their eye makeup was full of the stuff. Although today we know that lead can cause brain damage and miscarriages, the Egyptians believed that lead-based cosmetics protected against eye diseases. Now, new research suggests that they may have been on to something.
originally posted by: rickymouse
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
I had two Italian neighbors twenty years ago who would order grapes from California to make wine. They aged it about a year total. A five ounce juice glass of that stuff and you were blasted. I wound up going home to sleep after visiting them more than once. I'd swear it was stronger than Yukon Jack straight up.
My wife also got hammered off that little five ounce glass more than once. I doubt if anyone could handle more than three of them. I never had more than two glasses at a sitting, I wouldn't have been able to walk. They were really good people, I miss them.