Pictures: Courtesy http://www.abora.eu of Dr. Dominique Goerlitz, who strictly continued Dr. Balabanova´s work by his own investigations to cocaine and tobacco in Egyptian mummies: http://www.qucosa.de/fileadmin/data/qucosa/documents/21438/diff_fund_26(2016)2.pdf
Description: In 1976 traces of cocaine and tobacco, plants only to have existed in the Americas prior to Columbus, was found in some Egyptian mummies and has led some to speculate that Ancient Egyptians may have traveled to the New World.
Mainstream Theory: Mainstream scholars remain skeptical, and do not see this as proof of ancient contact between Africa and the Americas, especially as there may be possible Old World sources or the mummies have been contaminated during transport or examination.
Alternative Theory: The initial discovery was made by a German toxicologist, Svetlana Balabanova, after examining the mummy of a female priestess called Henut Taui. Follow-up tests of the hair shaft, performed to rule out contamination, gave the same results.
If Balabanova was surprised by the results of her tests she was even more surprised at the vitriolic response to her publication. She received a flood of letters threatening, insulting and accusing her of fraud. When she reminded her critics that she was simply applying the very same techniques that she had used for years in police work where her results were considered “proof positive” her critics didn’t seem to care. She was condemned as a “fraud.” Continue reading The Egyptian Mummies With South American Cocaine & Nicotine