5,000-year-old chewing gum

“The gum was discovered by an archaeology student from the University of Derby. Sarah Pickin found the lump of birch bark tar while on a dig in western Finland.

Neolithic people used the material as an antiseptic to treat gum infections, as well as a glue for repairing pots. Ms Pickin’s tutor, Professor Trevor Brown, said: “It’s particularly significant because well-defined tooth imprints were found on the gum.”


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1 comment to 5,000-year-old chewing gum

  • Steven Riley

    Just as un-biodegadable as current gum recipes! I guess we all should be still chewing birch bark :-)

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