Israel: Archeologists find a gold ring that used to cure hangovers
New Delhi : In modern days, people rely on things like raw eggs and a lot of fluids to keep the hangover away, but such was not the case in ancient days. Archeologists in Israel have dug out a gold ring that they believe was used to cure hangovers.
The ancient jewel, which weighs 5.11 grammes, was uncovered while archaeologists were excavating a wine factory dating back to the Byzantine era in the city of Yavne, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It is believed to date back to at least the 7th Century, but may be up to four centuries older, the IAA said.
In a press release, Amir Golani –archaeologist and an expert on ancient jewellery at the IAA–said that amethyst may have been worn to prevent the ill-effects of drinking too much alcohol.
"The person who owned the ring was affluent, and the wearing of the jewel indicated their status and wealth. Such rings could be worn by both men and women," Dr Amir Golani added.
According to a Facebook post by Israel Antiquities Authority, amethyst is mentioned in the Bible as one of the 12 types of stones on the High Priest’s breastplate. Many virtues have been associated with this gem, including preventing hangovers, which is ironic as the ring was discovered near the Byzantine wine factory.
The researchers believe that even the excavation dates back to 7th century, the ring may even be more old and it may have been an heirloom that was passed down several generations before it got lost in the winery.