Archaeologists in Russia have dug up what they believe to be a pair of 2,400-year-old bongs that are made of pure solid gold.
After testing the inside of the bongs, it was discovered that they were both used to smoke opium and cannabis. They were found along with a number of different items – three gold cups, a heavy gold finger ring, two neck rings, and a gold bracelet.
The inside of the bongs were covered with a thick black residue which contained traces of both drugs.
Historian Antonn Gass from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, in Berlin, Germany, said “That both drugs were being used simultaneously is beyond doubt.”
The bongs are believed to have been used by the Scythians, who inhabited the grasslands of Eurasia for around 1,000 years. Even the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who died in 425BC, wrote: “Scythians used a plant to produce smoke that no Grecian vapour-bath can surpass and that “transported by the vapour, [they] shout aloud.”
The treasure trove was found in a kurgan in the Caucasus Mountains in 2013, but was kept secret in order to avoid looters finding the location.
Historian Gass added: “These are among the finest objects we know from the region.”
Looters had already visited the site previously, but had not discovered the bongs due to a thick layer of clay which conceled the chamber containing the ancient stoner artefacts.
Both bongs apparently tell a different story. One shows a bearded man slaying warriors, while the other depicts mythological creatures such as a griffon ripping apart a horse and a stag.