An ancient anti-hangover ring discovered by archaeologists

With the end of the year fast approaching, we are soon approaching the beginning of winter, synonymous with holidays with the Christmas and New Year periods. And, very often, who says celebration, says alcohol. And who says alcohol, says hangover. And if a few years ago now we presented you with some tips to get over it, a recent archaeological discovery revealed that there are nearly 1,800 years already, some had very specific techniques to try to protect themselves against the aftermath of difficult evenings.

an amazing discovery

Eggs and water may be among the current hangover remedies, but Israeli archaeologists have discovered an entirely different solution in the past: a gold ring set with a purple amethyst.

As reported to us CNN, According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the ancient jewel was discovered in the city of Yavneh, in a well-known wine production site from the Byzantine era. In a press release, archaeologist Amir Golani said amethyst may have been worn to prevent ill effects excessive alcohol consumption. He declared:

Many virtues have been attached to this gemstone, including the prevention of the side effect of the drink, hangover.

The ring was found just 150 meters from the remains of the warehouse containing amphorae, a type of jar used at the time to store wine. The excavation site has been dated between the 6th and 7th centuries, either between the end of the Byzantine era and the beginning of the period of the expansion of Islam, but authorities said the ring may be even older. As the press release states:

Gold rings set with amethyst are known throughout the Roman world, and it is possible that the discovery of the ring belonged to the elites who lived in the city as early as the 3rd century AD.

beliefs from an ancient time

Golani also states that amethyst was believed to have many other “virtues”, and that she had religious associations, for example having been mentioned in the Bible. He also hypothesized that the ring, which weighs 5.11 grams, once belonged to a “well-to-do” person. He specified:

Wearing this jewel indicated their status and wealth. Such rings could be worn by both men and women.

Elie Haddad, co-director of excavations, said in a press release that the object may “have belonged to the owner of the magnificent warehouse [viticole], to a foreman “or even to an” unlucky visitor who has dropped and lost his precious ring “.

Most amethyst isn’t the only ancient hangover cure to have fallen out of favor. As recalled CNN, in 2015, ancient Greek remedy discovered on 1,900-year-old papyrus, who recommended wearing a bay leaf necklace as a “remedy for alcohol headaches,” according to Live Science. And in ancient Mesopotamia, we found traces of a doctor who recommended a compound tincture licorice, oleander, beans, oil and wine in case a “man has taken strong wine and his head is affected”.

And if you think these discoveries are amazing, we invite you to take a look at these other completely surprising archaeological finds.


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