Drugs and Alcohol in Ancient European Religion

BA9399 Opium.

BA9399 Opium.

A team of researchers have found prehistoric bodies in Europe containing remnants of alcohol, opium and cannabis. Since the bodies lay in ceremonial locations, the archeologists believe mind altering drugs were used in early religious practices in Europe.  Although details are still unknown, Elisa Guerra-Doce of the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain, argues that prehistoric people may have taken substances to enter trance states and communicate with gods. These interactions, she claims, may have been meant to aid the transportation of the soul after death or to appeal to the gods in someway. 

Find out more about the team's discoveries at Science Daily and view more images of prehistoric sites at science source. 

BN2615 Menec alignments in Brittany, France.