Archaeologists Find 2400-Year-Old Gold Vessels Containing Marijuana, Opium Residues

(Photo : Getty Images/Hulton Archive) The golden artifacts were unearthed in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia.

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,400-year-old set of gold artifacts within ancient grave mounds in the Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia. The set included solid gold bongs that tested positive for marijuana and opium.

The golden items belonged to the formidable Scythians, who ruled Eurasia from 9thcentury BC to 4thcentury BC. The artifacts provide insight into the culture of the ancient rulers, the scientists said.

The set included two bucket-shaped gold vessels positioned upside down. The veseels contained three gold cups, a golden finger ring, two neck rings and a gold bracelet, reports National Geographic.

Weighing close to seven pounds (3.2 kilos), the items feature detailed embossed figures, including  a bearded old man in the act of killing younger men on one vessel, and griffons ripping a horse apart...

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