Archaeology Worlds Oldest Perfumery

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  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    MUSKY, with a woody tone and spicy hints of cinnamon - the perfect fragrance for a Bronze Age date.

    Italian archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest perfumery and have identified the smells popular with the people of the time.

    The perfumery was found at a sprawling archaeological site on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean at Pyrgos-Mavroraki, 55 miles south-west of Nicosia.

    "This is 4,000 years old. Without a doubt, it is the oldest production site for perfume in the world," said Maria Rosario Belgiorno, the excavation team leader.

    The site was destroyed by an earthquake in antiquity but the calamity helped preserve the finds and it is now expected to unlock ancient secrets about the surprisingly advanced production methods.

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    Well I guess Men and Women have been smeeling great alot longer than we think. Of course back then, the wealthy most likely were the only ones that had these perfumes.
  2. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Update: dated 19 Mar

    The 4,000-year-old perfumery is thought to have manufactured fragrances for export across the Eastern Mediterranean.

    The factory is thought to have formed part of a complex of buildings - a sort of Bronze Age industrial estate. It included an olive press, a winery and a copper smelting works.

    Scientists have reconstituted 12 different perfumes from traces of scents found in dozens of clay bottles at the site.

    So far they have extracted essences of laurel, cinnamon and myrtle - all likely to have been derived from local plants, and then mixed with olive oil.

    The scale of the site and the presence of huge 500-litre oil storage jars suggests it was the centre of a prosperous export business.

    It is thought that Crete may have been the ancient world's main market for Cyprus perfume.

    Scented oils were used extensively for religious ceremonies and funerary rites and often commanded very high prices.

    According to the Roman historian, Pliny, Cyprus was the earliest source of some of the most popular perfumes in the ancient world.

    Archaeologists believe that the earthquake which destroyed the complex also played a part in preserving many of its artefacts.

    Source: BBC News