Hot Hemp Time Machine
Archaeologists have uncovered further evidence that humankind's relationship with cannabis is as old as the hunter-gatherer era. A 9,000-year-old piece of hemp-weaved linen fabric was discovered in Turkey last summer.
Archaeologists found the cloth wrapped around the skeleton of an infant inside a burned-out house. Lab tests confirmed the
material was, indeed, linen lined with hemp. Dig team leader and Stanford University Professor Ian Hodder characterized the hemp fabric as “a first in the world and one of the best-preserved examples.”
Professor Hodder added: “This piece of linen...weaved very thin, probably came from the eastern Mediterranean from central Anatolia. [Rock] and seashells [were] exchanged in long-distance trade in the Middle East during the Neolithic era. But this fabric may [reveal] another side of the trade.”