|Ancient ointment of pine, mastic and moringa oil found|
Solid, homogeneous and pale yellow, the ointment revealed fatty acids in high abundance.
This is almost unique in archaeology. Even though more than 2,000 years have passed, the oxidation of the organic material has not yet been completed. This is most likely due to the sealing of the alabaster unguentarium by the clayish earth, which prevented contact with oxygen,
After analyzing the material, the researchers established that the contents of the vessel consisted of a mixture of substances of lipids and resins.
The natural resins were the pine resin, exudated from Pinaceae, and the mastic resin, from Anacardiaceae trees. The lipid was a vegetable oil, most likely moringa oil, which was used by the Egyptians and Greeks to produce ointments and perfumes. Find out more
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