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Roman-era Wreck May Hold Key to Cures for Modern Disease

Written By: Joe Wolverton  |  Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011

            Pills found on board a 2nd century B.C. shipwreck were packed with crushed carrots, parsley, onions, alfalfa, and other vegetable matter, conforming to the recipes contained in ancient medical treatises.

            While the texts themselves were discovered long ago, the cache of ancient pharmaceuticals found onboard the sunken ancient vessel is the first time the medicines themselves have been found. 

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