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Ancient psychoactive substances / edited by Scott M. Fitzpatrick.

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This book details the traditional and sacred use of psychoactive substances by peoples in the ancient past through the lens of archaeology.


Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2018.

Physical description

ix, 328 pages : black and white illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction: Drugs from a deep time perspective / Scott M. Fitzpatrick -- Cannabis in ancient central Eurasian burials / Mark D. Merlin and Robert C. Clarke -- Intoxication on the wine dark sea: investigating psychoactive substances in the eastern Mediterranean / Zuzana Chovanec -- Ancient use of ephedra in the Eurasia and the western hemisphere / Mark D. Merlin -- Prehistoric intoxicants of North America / Sean M. Rafferty -- Pipes, cups, platform mounds, and mortuary ritual in the lake -- Okeechobee basin of South Florida / Victor D. Thompson and Thomas J. Pluckhahn -- Power from, power to, power over ritual drug-taking and the social context of power among the indigenous people of the Caribbean / Quetta Kaye -- Intoxication rituals and gender among the ancient Maya / Daniel M. Seinfeld -- Mayan ritual beverage production: considering the ceramics / Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal -- The origins of the Ayahuasca/Yage concept: an inquiry into the synergy between DMT and? carbolines / Constantino Manuel Torres -- A synonym for sacred: vilca use in the pre-conquest Andes / Matthew P. Sayre -- Ingredients matter: maize versus molle brewing in ancient Andes feasting / Justin Jennings and Lidio M. Valdez.


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    History of Medicine
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