Ancient Solid Gold Drug Paraphernalia Discovered in Southern Russia

The items have now been cleaned and put on display in a museum.
The items have now been cleaned and put on display in a museum.
Scynthian Bongs

The solid gold objects were found in Southern Russia
Photo: via the Daily Mail

Archaeologists in Southern Russia have unearthed what they deduce to be two 2,400 year-old pure gold “bongs,” the Daily Mail reports.

The ornate drug kit was discovered in a buried chamber, covered in clay and lined with stones. Other gold items weighing 7 lbs were also found during digging to install power lines in the area.

Criminologists analyzed the bongs and discovered thick layers of cannabis and opium residue. Experts were then called in and they revealed that the items belonged to the Scythians who controlled large parts of Europe and Asia from the 9th Century BC to the 4th century AD.

Scynthian Bongs

Close up of the solid gold objects were found in Southern Russia
Photo: via the Daily Mail

Legend has it that the nomadic Iranian tribe smoked cannabis and opium in order to alter their state of mind before going into battle.

“Scythians used a plant to produce smoke that no Grecian vapor-bath can surpass which made them shout aloud,” wrote the ancient Greek historian Herodotus of the Scynthian warriors.

Scynthian Bongs 2

The items have now been cleaned and put on display in a museum
Photo: via Animal New York

The items were found with trove of gold cups, rings, and neck rings, which have now been cleaned up and put on display in a Russian Museum.

“These are among the finest objects we know from the region,” said Anton Gass, from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation of the discovery.

Other recent interesting archaeological discoveries include a disgraced nun, and two lovers, locked together for eternity (see Medieval Scandal in Oxford as Skeletons of “Sex-Crazed” Nuns Are Found and Archaeologists Find Prehistoric Lovers Locked in Embrace for 6,000 Years).


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