Ancient Egyptians trading Nicotine

Did Ancient Egyptians Trade Nicotine and Cocaine With the New World?

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It has long been said that Christopher Columbus was not the first foreigner to step foot in the Americas by the time he reached there in 1492. Among the theories put forward is that the Vikings, Chinese, Greeks, and Italians may have all reached the New World before Columbus.  Now new evidence suggests that the ancient Egyptians had been to the Americas as early as 1,000 BC, and for a surprising reason.

German scientist Dr Svetla Balabanova was studying the mummified remains of Lady Henut Taui, a member of the ruling class, when she made a surprising discovery – the mummy contained traces of nicotine and cocaine . Disbelief in the findings led to alternative hypotheses, for example, that the tests were contaminated or the mummies were fakes, but these ideas were disproved and the mummy and the test results were found to be authentic.

The results were particularly surprising considering that tobacco and coca plants, which were only found in the Americas at the time, were not exported overseas until the Victorian era in the 19 th century. Could it be that the ancient Egyptians had made it all the way to America 3,000 years ago?

A number of archaeological discoveries have certainly suggested that the Egyptians were masters of the seas.  In around 1477 BC, Queen Hatshepsut funded a mysterious overseas expedition to the Land of Punt , which is depicted in a relief at Deir el-Bahri (in modern day Luxor). It shows five ships, each measuring about 70 feet long, carrying 210 men and loaded with gold, trees and exotic animals which can only be found along the coast of Africa and Arabian Peninsula, indicating that the Egyptians were able to undertake fairly large scale oceanic voyages.

Then, in 2011, a series of remarkable discoveries on a stretch of the Red Sea coast proved the Egyptian’s seafaring abilities. Archaeologists excavating a dried-up lagoon, known as Mersa Gawasis, unearthed traces of an ancient harbour that once launched early voyages like Hatshepsut’s onto the open ocean.  Inside a series of man-made caves they found timber, rigging, limestone anchors, steering oars, reed mats, cedar planks, and the remains of the oldest seagoing ships ever discovered, which offers hard proof of the Egyptians’ nautical roots.

Further evidence of an Egyptian journey to the Americas comes from an intriguing but unverified discovery in the Marble Region of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Gazette, on 5 th April, 1909, two Smithsonian-funded explorers found a variety of Egyptian-like artefacts including tablets with hieroglyphics inside caves. However, the Smithsonian Institute has no current records of the finding. Such a discovery would have offered hard evidence of an Egyptian journey to Americas but perhaps it is just too inconvenient to rewrite the history books and alter long-held traditions such as the Columbus Day celebrations

Source of article comes from Epoch Times .

By April Holloway


Dr Who was there!

The Vikings in North America is no longer a theory but a fact. Please stop propagating false information. Their are remains of their settlements in Newfoundland Canada dating from around 1000 AD. To continue stating it is a theory is like saying the pyramids are merely tombs of the Pharoahs despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.....

@Aardvark - Scientifically, theory could be described as stronger than law. A law says "X happens" while theory says "X happens, in Y way, due to Z actions." Theory describes WHY which is more in depth than just saying that it happens.

I think you conflated "theory" with "hypothesis" - as the definition of hypothesis would fit the definition of what you take offense to.

Ancient Egyptians are a Mongolian type people from the Tribe of Peleg. They are Hebrews along with the Chinese people, which originate from the Tribe of Joktan. Quite denying the truth, the Hebrews colonized the America, so quite being envious!


The Egyptians were jsut cool like that.

.... that the tobacco found in the tomb was actually pipe tobacco dropped the by pipe-smoking archaeologists who first invaded the tomb, and there is zero real evidence of the cocaine -- that's just made up. Sorry, but making this argument requires actual evidence. Let's keep trying.

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Cocaine Denier

A carved scarab beetle was found in North Australia as well as Egyptian coins

From where do you have theses Facts? All sources are highly welcomed!!!

actually it was hair samples taken, person dies hair still grows, hair core is tested. the person has to ingest then pollutants, they are then discharged through nails and hair. its not falling tobacco from your cig prof get with it, i'm not saying it didnt happen it's just hair samples don't lie, ask anyone who has had a hair sample drug screen. personally in my opinion i think their was a seafaring race that was wiped out after the great melting of the last ice age, putting all shore line civs underwater by 400 feet. BTW cocaine was found in a few egyptian mummies, more are being tested as we speak. let us not mention the cocao found in jars and vases in some tombs thats another subject.
We think so high of ourselves like we are the most many years did the dark ages take us back. the spaniards thought they mayans were below them yet they new more about the galaxy than us until we started using satalite telescopes. even right now we are 1 great planatary disaster away, IDK what do you think prof how far would it take us back in knowledge.

This article is an insult to history. Why must everything be turned into an ancient conspiracy theory? The expedition to Punt was no more than a couple thousand km, whereas America is closer to 10,000km. Nicotine has been found on mummies because early modern archaelolgists smoked tobacco around the specimens.

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