Archaeologists Uncover 2,400-Year-Old Gold Bongs

June 2, 2015   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
June 2, 2015

(ANTIMEDIAThe drug war, in its current form, has been in effect for about a hundred years if you also include the prohibition of alcohol. However, drug use has been a part of human society throughout history, and it was actually far less dangerous and problematic when it was generally accepted and properly understood in society.

Archaeologists in Russia have recently confirmed that people were smoking marijuana out of bongs two thousand years ago. Not only that, but these ancients were so serious about their smoking that they made their bongs out of solid gold.

These gold water pipes were discovered in a mass grave in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia. The artifacts were traced back to the Scythians who ruled between 9th century BC and 4th century AD in the area of the Caucasus Mountains.

Anton Gass, an archaeologist at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin, told National Geographic that “these are among the finest objects we know from the region. It’s a once-in-a-century discovery.”

The Greek historian Herodotus was quoted as saying “Scythians used a plant to produce smoke that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass and that “transported by the vapour, [they] shout aloud.” 

However, the Scythians were not the only group in history known to smoke marijuana and use drugs. Evidence of these practices can be traced back to the roots of any ancient culture.

The freedom of taking control of one’s own consciousness has been taken for granted since ancient times. Only in modern governments and a select few repressive ancient cultures have there been laws against the consumption of certain items.


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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

Author: John Vibes

John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. In reading the original article, it seams rather clear that the vessel was for drinking opium whilst cannabis was burning nearby and that the archeologist never mentions anything close to waterpipes….

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  2. Or it could be the archaeologists were guessing how it was used. It seems rather clear from the original article that they were making an educated guess.

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  3. The resin in the article had both opium and marijuana traces on the inside, henceforth that buildup had to have occured by use of the vessel, buring marijuana near the vessel would leave traces on the outside, and very little, if any, on the inside.

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