January 8, 2013

Ancient Meds: 2,000-Year-Old Pills Found

Rebecca Morelle, BBC News

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Medicine that is more than 2,000 years old has been analysed by scientists.

Six tablets were discovered in a tin box onboard an ancient Roman shipwreck, found off the coast of Italy.

Samples of the fragile material revealed that the pharmaceuticals contained animal and plant fats, pine resin and zinc compounds.

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TAGGED: Medicine, Pharmaceutical