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sixtieschick BS: Make pottery history (17) RE: BS: Make pottery history 25 Jun 05

Archeologists discovered a pot filled with what they thought were fossilized cocoa beans in Guatemala. A botanist identified them as criollo beans, the original type of cacao cultivated in Mesoamerica. It was not until they were sent to a lab for chemical analysis that it was discovered that they were made of clay.

Cocoa beans were used as currency in ancient Mesomamerica and there were counterfeiters back then too.


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