Mystery Of The Cocaine Mummies

In the 21st dynasty of the pharaohs, 3000 years ago there took place one night at a temple the funeral of Henut Taui, The Lady of The Two Lands. Compared to the great rulers of Egypt her burial was a modest affair but just like the pharaohs she too was mummified and her body placed in the depths of the desert tomb in the belief it would give her immortality and in an unexpected way it has.

He mummified body waiting throughout recorded history, the greeks and romans, the dark and middle ages, the renaissance and napoleon, until in the early 19th century her tomb was plundered. The king of Bavaria bough the ornate sarcophagus with the mummy inside and gave it to a museum in Munich where for another century, Henut Taui laid rest.

However recently a German scientist made a discovery that was to baffle egyptologists and call into question whole areas of science, from archeology to chemistry and botany. She discovered that the body of Henut Taui contained large quantities of cocaine and nicotine.

 

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