The Occurrence of South American Cocaine in Egyptian Mummies New research provides strong evidence for a trans-Atlantic dispersal by humans

By Dominique Görlitz Technische Univerität Dresden, Institut für Kartographie, GermanyAlthough this thorough research article proving pre-Columbian contacts across the Atlantic is very much anchored in a Darwinian paradigm that prohibits that very contact, we have included it in our site, because it is such a great illustration how emipircal research is so handicapped by the prevailing Darwinian paradigm with all the reuslting terminology like “neo-lithic, paleo-lithic, stone age, holocene, pre-history, early Man, evolutionary function,” etc. The very essence of this research is Görlitz’ effort to rhyme “impossible” pre-Columbian cross-Atlantic travel with the biological evidence that the ancient Egyptians had access to South American Cocaine and even the insects that came with it!

In our very strong proven NON-Darwinian paradigm here in Ancient Patriarchs ancient cross-oceanic sea travel, is no problem whatsoever! It is A FACT supported by very strong evidence of the early Sea-kings, the deified Flood survivors and their offspring who navigated the entire globe, left megaliths everywhere, and like Atlas, early on trigonometrically geo-measured the Earth by the stars, as evidenced by the Giza pyramid in which the Earth’s dimensions were recorded already around 2200 BC.
But because the academic elite & authorities insist on maintaining the Darwinian status Quo and to propagandize the masses with this false unproven notion that species descended from other species over billions of years, all in order to promote and forcibly implant their materialistic ideology on the masses to deny the Creator, therefore good scientists like Dominique Görlitz, have to kowtow to this elite and their 150 year old paradigm, not only to survive as a scientist in their institutions, but also to gain any respect or opportunity to publish!
Regardless, Dominique has done amazing research which totally supports our persecuted, ridiculed, and maligned true NON– Darwinian take on the world”s history, with amazing facts, and we applaud his astuteness, honesty, and courage in daring to rock the outdated Darwinian paradigm boat! God bless you, Dominique Görlitz. Kudos! People, enjoy his PhD paper!


The Open-Access Journal for the Basic Principles of Diffusion Theory, Experiment and Application. The Occurrence of Cocaine in Egyptian Mummies – New research provides strong evidence for a trans-Atlantic dispersal by humans – Dominique Görlitz Technische Univerität Dresden, Institut für Kartographie, Germany (received 22 May 2016, accepted 29 June 2016) [AP: Bolds are ours]


One of the unsolved problems of modern science is whether the pre-Columbian peoples of the New World developed completely independently of cultural influences from the Old World or if there
was a trans-oceanic contact? A number of scientists agree that there are many – and often remarkable – similarities between the cultures of pre-Columbian America and those of the Mediterranean world. Nevertheless, there is no agreement, as yet, on how cultural diffusion can be differentiated from independent invention. Scientific analysis shows that scholarly positions are often strongly pre-formed from paradigms (scientific based assumptions), which tend to hinder consideration of solid scientific data offered by geo-biology and its trans-disciplinary examination of the subject under investigation here. 
An unambiguous answer to the question, what historical processes led to the emergence of the ancient American agriculture, hasn’t been given. However, the archaeological discovery of crops with clear trans-oceanic origin, in addition to advances in molecular biology, increasingly support the hypothesis that humans from the distant past influenced each other across the oceans at a much earlier stage.
The vegetation and zoo-geography indicate, by numerous examples that some species could only have spread through perhaps unintentional (passive) human transmission [1].
There are two very old crops found in the „New World‟, which contradict the paradigm of a completely independent origin for American agriculture. These are the African Bottle Gourd (Lagenaria siceraria L.) and the ancestral cotton species (Gossypium herbaceum L.) of the domesticated spin able sub-genus of tetraploid cotton. The historical spread of both types has been under discussion for decades, especially in respect of trans-oceanic human contact with the American continent. There has also been a debate in the „Old World‟ ever since the discovery of nicotine and
cocaine in Egyptian mummies, centering around whether „New World‟ plants (or the ingredients) might have been transmitted in the reverse direction, back to the presumed start in centers of the Ancient World‟s oldest civilizations.This article is based on extracts from the writer‟s PHD thesis of[2], whose research continues the work of Dr. Svetlana Balabanova on this much disputed topic of cocaine in Egyptian mummies.
Keywords: cocaine and nicotine in Egyptian mummies, trans-Atlantic
crop dispersal, Geo-Botany, Egyptology, proto-historical voyages, ancient diffusion and cultural interaction
1. The Biology of Coca Plants Coca plants belong to the sub-class off lowering plants. Currently there are known to be about 300 species of this genus. Only two of these species have anyeconomic significance – for cultivating or gathering edible coca leaves. The Mansfeld’s Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops

is referring a third cultivated coca species in Ecuador – Erythroxylum ulei O.E. Schulz [3]. The two important ones are the New World species Erythroxylum coca Lam and Erythroxylum novogranatense (D. Morris) Hieron. The most common species in South America is Erythroxylum coca.
The second domesticated species Erythroxylum novogranatense colonizes the arid region so northern South America, the northern coast of Peru, and up in to southern Central America [4].The plant The genus name Erythroxylum refers to the characteristic red-colored wood and the red bark of these plants (Fig.1).

The original name coca originates from the Aymara word “khoka”, which simply means „tree‟ in the language of this ancient American tribe.

The species of the genus Erythroxylum are predominantly slender,

but densely bushy, trees or widely extended shrubs up to five meters

in height  [6].

The cultivated species are shrubs of up to three meters in height. When harvested regularly, without allowing the shrubs to grow fully

[7], cocaine is formed in larger quantities. The leaves are pointedly ovoid to lanceolate and of dark green color. Towards the leaf margin, its characteristic nerves are connected to each other. Important for the comparison of plants on different continents is the colors and shape of the characteristic scaled leaves at the base of young branches [8].
A good coca shrub provides three harvests per year of up to 300 grams of fresh leaves, which corresponds to an amount of about 130 grams dry weight. The flowers are inconspicuous, hermaphrodite and a white-cream color. They are pollinated by insects. After fertilization, the flowers evolve oblong-ovoid drupes with one seed, which is then mainly spread by birds. These seeds are non-toxic to the birds because they excrete the undigested [9].

3 The main alkaloids of the two New World cultural and shamanistic plants Erythroxylum coca and E.novogranatense are cocaine and cuscohygrin. They belong to the group of tropanal and ecgonin alkaloids, and are based to the two amino acids proline and ornithine. Acetate is also involved in the formation. Their evolutionary [AP:?] function is to protect the plant against herbivores. Many members of the genus contain a number of other alkaloids and ingredients, which were also used by the naturopath [10].

Natural Spread on Earth

The Erythroxylaceae form a pantropical family and the numerous species of the genus Erythroxylum are spread over four continents. It can be determined, from the recent spread, that two large development centers originally emerged – the Amazon Basin and Madagascar. Both regions show some analogies in the configuration of certain species. However, it is not possible to prove a dependency upon each other [11, 12].

Most species are to be found in the New World, but only plants with striped stipules. Particularly striking are the species with a large calyx. By contrast, on the continents of the Old World there are only a small number of species.
The few species in tropical Africa have no relationship to those in

the Americas, but instead are close to those of Madagascar and Asia [13]. Because of this, it is reasonable to assume that members of the genus Erythroxylum spread throughout the southern hemisphere from America over to Africa, then Madagascar, and southeast Asia, including Australia (see. Fig.2) This is probably due to geological processes involved in plate tectonics [14].

Domestication, Use and Anthropogenic Spread
On the American continent al landmass, the use and cultivation of the coca bush has a very ancient history. Since earliest times the Andean peoples used this very versatile plant. In the arid lowlands of Peru, remains of coca leaves were found, along with lime and associated coca usage items, in numerous pre-Columbian graves, dated to at least 5,000 years before the present [16].
In many pre- Columbian cultures coca had an extremely important function as an economic commodity, in medicine, as an aphrodisiac, and as a ritual intoxicant. The consumption of coca is synonymous with Andean civilization [17].
When the Spanish conquered Peru, the coca bush immediately aroused the attention of the conquistadors. All writers who dealt with the history of the region reported the wonderful effects of this plant. The coca plant was introduced to central Europe first when Clusius (1605) translated the Spanish writings of the physician, Nicholas Monardes from Seville, into Latin (Simplicium Medicamentorum Historia): That from early morning until evening the Indian is continually chewing the sun- dried coca leaves in the mouth without consuming the same. This is done partly for pleasure addiction, but also partly to suppress hunger and thirst and sustain their enormous efforts, especially in traveling. In order to prevent the dry leaves from being crushed to quickly between the teeth, they are mixed with ashes and quicklime, which is obtained from Conchylien shells, then placed into the mouth in the form of beads [18].
Large parts of today‟s south and Central American population use the coca leaf as a daily narcotic stimulant. This is also due to the fact that the leaves possess, beside cocaine, a relatively high nutritional value (per 100 g = 305 kcal). The Spanish conquerors tried to stop coca usage among locals.
However, as a result, performances of the local work force declined, due to the now missing stimulatory effects of the cocaine. Therefore the Spanish conquerors allowed coca chewing to resume among the indigenous population. Their descendants chew coca leaves to this day.
Although the coca plant was introduced as a drug into Europe quite late, we find its first mention much earlier by Amerigo Vespucci in 1499. The first plants reached Europe around 1569. In 1859, the German chemist, Albert Niemann, isolated the alkaloid cocaine from the leaves [19]. At the end of the 19th century people began to smoke the leaves in America and England. These coca leaves were named „Peruvian tobacco‟ [20]. The cultivation of the coca shrub has since been spread throughout the world, in such places as the Seychelles, East Africa and India[21].
At first, it was assumed that alkaloid cocaine had only been exploited in the Old World after the discovery of the Americas by Columbus.
Then came the surprise discovery of cocaine concentrations in ancient Egyptian mummies, in addition to the identification of tobacco and its main alkaloid, nicotine [22] (Balabanova 1997a).

2. The Cocaine Controversy

2.1 Cocain in Egyptian Mummies The fact that cocaine has been found in Egyptian mummies provides further indications of a trans- oceanic cultivated crop exchange. This discovery makes the whole issue even more complex: One could still try to explain the presence of tobacco in ancient Egypt with local, previously unknown African species of tobacco, but with cocaine it is not possible [23].
Alkaloid cocaine has been detected (Fig. 3) in the 1992 examinations of the mummy of Henut Taui. Hair samples were taken and it was found that these samples contained nicotine [24].

Both alkaloids (nicotine and cocaine) point us towards the New World (Table 1). As a source for cocaine it is only possible to take the two New World plants Erythroxylum coca and Erythroxylum novogranatense into consideration – according to our present knowledge. However, the discovery of several tropanal alkaloids in the southwest African plant species Erythroxylum zambesiacum N. Robson might be worthy of further consideration.
Robson gave Yahia et al.[26] arguments for a possible cocaine source for Egyptian mummification in South Africa. This species exists in the Zambezi River basin as well as in southeast Africa. It is related to the West African species Erythroxylum manii Oliv. and belongs to the Melanocladus section (uncommon designation for an infrageneric group)[27, 28]. However, there is no evidence of any cultivation history or indications of a local exploitation of these species. Also the literature fails to mention any applications of the bark or leaves by the local population in southern Africa[29].
The samples from the alkaloid study by Yahia(1987) represent seven of Schulz’s (1907) designated sections of the genus Erythroxylum. They cover the basic geographical distribution areas in the world.
The distribution pattern study of their acids makes special reference to four sections which are derived from southeast Africa and from there they expanded into a diversification of the genus.
The distribution pattern and the presence of several tropanal  alkaloids, organic acids and benzene acids within the Old World are clearly different from the examples in the New World. In particular, the New World species Erythroxylum coca, as a representative of the Archerythroxylum section, proves – according to Yahia(1987) – that there are no esters or acids in the root bark.
The study of the alkaloids of Erythroxylum zambesiacum does not therefore provide any evidence of a close relationship in the chemistry of both classes . The same applies to the Australian species Erythroxylum australe F. Muell. (Coelocarpus section). All studies concluded that no cocaine has been detected in the Old World species [30, 31 & 32].
These newer chemical analyses are confirming not only the morphologica l observations of Schulz(1907) that the few species of tropical Africa have no immediate relationship to those of America, but also reinforcing the hypothesis that the cocaine synthesis of Andean species is the result of a vicariance process (isolated micro evolution). Ethnographic observations provide clear evidence that the existence of a previously hypothetical coca plant in southern Africa is highly unlikely to explain the origin of cocaine in ancient Egyptian mummies. All four coca species in Africa were never cultivated.
The same applies to the numerous wild coca relatives in Madagascar. They all have the same cultural meaninglessness as the wild species in South America. Only the three cultivated (cocaine containing) species in the New World have been taken into the care of the native people.
Two of them have then been spread by humans over vast areas, first within the Americas and later outside the western continent landmass.
These new findings are of great importance for the evaluation of a possible transatlantic importation of cocaine for ancient Egyptian mummification in pre-Columbian times.
2.2 The Chemistry of Cocaine Impacts Mummification Practices in Egypt The result of investigations into the chemistry of coca species leads to the conclusion that the trim on related tropanal alkaloids and organic acids could be applied as a systematic feature within the Erythroxylum genus[33 & 34]

(Plowman & Rivier 1983; Yahia et al. 1987). They confirm the morphological and physiological differences of Erythroxylum species of Neo – and Palaeo tropis[35].

Cocaine is a special representative of tropanal alkaloids, which exist exclusively in America and not in Africa or elsewhere outside the New World. It may sound unbelievable at first, but the only realistic explanation for the presence of cocaine in Egyptian mummies seems to be that there have existed trade relations between the ancient Egyptian world and America[36].
The results of my doctoral thesis[37] refute the paradigm that was established in ethno- biology and archaeology after the first simulation experiments with seeds in salt – water basins by Whitaker & Carter[39,38,40](1954; 1961; 1971) and Stephens[41, 42, 43].
The ocean drift experiments made by my team, between 1999 until 2007 (Figs. 4 & 5), produced realistic measurements to show that the seeds and fruits of crops cannot drift for months across the Atlantic[44]. Trans – Atlantic dispersal from Africa to America and in the opposite direction, without the support of early man, appears to be very difficult. The results restrict broader speculation and fix the spread theories to a realistic basis.
Old World areas of crop cultivation in prehistoric and early historic times can probably not have been established as a result of trans- Atlantic drift. Most likely they were the result of very early human interactions across the Atlantic Ocean.

The research results of the vegetation geography suggest that the people of the Stone Age and, later, of early antiquity, conducted extensive travel upon the high seas for long-distance trade. These eastern trans-Atlantic areas of crops were not caused by hydrochory (water distribution). The only exception is the prehistoric spread of the A- genome ancestors of cotton to the Americas. These were spread by anemochory (air distribution)[45, 46].

These research results suggest that people of the Stone Age and in early antiquity had already conducted trans-oceanic voyages and long-distance trade. The concentrations of cocaine, as well as nicotine, in Egyptian mummies, measured by Balabanova & Parsche[47], offer strong biological evidence for early contact between the Old and New World. In the case of the spread of tobacco, we can even demonstrate the presence of its South American pest in Egyptian mummies and tombs[49,50, 51, 52]. Alfieri [53] was able to identify several dozen specimens of the American tobacco beetle (Lasioderma serricorne Fab. 1792) in the anti- chamber of Tutankhamun‟s tomb (ca. 1,341 – 1,323 BC). Several biologists support the conclusion that these dry – resistant insects arrived as passengers in tobacco leaves used during the mummification process[54, 55, 56, 57].
Accordingly, these tobacco discoveries, as well as the tobacco pests found in Egyptian tombs, support the cocaine analysis.


Cultivated plants that had been domesticated in prehistoric times
on the American continent achieved a fairly rapid spread across the Atlantic Ocean within only a few millennia in the beginning of Holocene. The development of these eastern Atlantic distribution areas has not been convincingly explained to this date [58].
Drift studies with seeds of selected crop plants, as well as chemical analyses of several cocaine species, support the hypothesis of a pre- Columbian human interaction between the Old and New World. The emphasis in this article has deliberately been put on the dispersal and cultivation history of the American coca plant (Erythroxylum ). This is because of the recent discovery of cocaine in ancient Egyptian mummies.
There is also the dispersal history of the plant and existing knowledge of the use of a shamanic plant, which have led to controversial discussions over several decades about potential trans-Atlantic contacts prior to Columbus ‟rediscovery of America.
The spread and domestication history of the coca plant delivers striking evidence for the theory of anthropogenic dispersal of this species across the Atlantic in ancient times. The unique phyto-
chemical characteristics of this plant, its south hemispheric
distribution pattern and its limited water dispersalability of crop plants (cocaine as well as tobacco, fig. 5) support this theory.
The reconstruction of those dispersal routes, and the identification of the proto – historical merchants involved in such contacts, poses a
fascinating challenge for future research.
Prehistoric trans-oceanic trade appears to be much older than
accepted and published in the predominant mainstream literature.
It was one decisive factor in the development of the first advanced civilizations.
New discoveries of large „step pyramids‟ similar in architecture to those in the Mediterranean as well as on the Canary Islands and even a Phoenician wreck off the Azores , are emphasizing the intensity and importance of trans-Atlantic activities in the late Neolithic times [59,60,61]. The enigma of the occurrence of cocaine in Egyptian mummies is not capable of revealing all aspects of these trans- Atlantic interactions between the Old and New World, but the bio-evidences strongly suggest regular trans-oceanic contacts long before the days of Columbus.
The finding of nicotine and cocaine yields further evidence for the assumption that cosmopolition and internationalism are much older and part of our rich maritime heritage. Thus, prehistoric watercrafts were man‟s first major tool to explore and conquer the world.
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2 thoughts on “The Occurrence of South American Cocaine in Egyptian Mummies New research provides strong evidence for a trans-Atlantic dispersal by humans”

  1. Finding ancient cocaine and insect traces (contacts) on either side of the Atlantic Ocean fits my theory about the civilization of mankind.
    I believe that because ancient mankind’s lifespan were many hundred years of age it would logically indicate that their health and mental capacities were much more developed than modern man. Their intelligence must have been several orders of magnitude higher and therefore their technology would likely also be more advanced.
    The Darwinian theory that mankind went from uncivilization to the modern more civilized nature is most likely untrue. The lifespan of modern people are shorter, so the years of mental, physical, and spiritual maturation are cut short with death. Our patriarch ancestors had many more years of development. If they lived longer that means their hearts are stronger, their bodies are stronger for they are much more durable, why shouldn’t their mental capacities be much larger as well. Something must have happened that wiped out these ancestors and so mankind development had to start all over again some time relatively recently.


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