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Roman perfume discovered in south of Spain

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Roman perfume discovered in south of Spain
Roman perfume discovered in south of Spain | Photo: University of Cordoba

In the south of Spain, in what is now the city of Carmona (ancient Carmo), Roman perfumes were found in a tomb. The burial place certainly belonged to a rich family; urns were found in the tomb, in which the remains of six people (three women and three men) were buried.

As it turns out, the amphora-shaped vial retained its contents – the ointment. Tests showed that the perfume stopper was made of dolomite and sealed with bitumen. Chemical analyses revealed that the smell of goo came from the patchouli bush, which was imported from India; interestingly, scientists did not think that the Romans knew it in those days.

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