Ancient anti-depressants found in Turkey

Ancient anti-depressants found in Turkey

An archaeological dig in Istanbul yielded the largest ever collection of ancient medicine, including drugs for heart disease and depression. Seven hundred vials of 1,400-year-old medications were unearthed during an excavation of Bathonea in Turkey’s Avcilar region, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported.

“The analysis of remnants in the bottles was made by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey,” said Sengul Aydingun, head of the excavation. “They got the formulas of two drugs, methanone and phenanthrene. One of them is an antidepressant and the other is used in cases of heart disease.”

Archeologists also found mortars, pestles and a large cooker alongside medical tools and spatulas. “It seems that there was a drug production center around here,” said Aydingun. Read more 

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