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Neolithic Chewing Gum

Student Dig Unearths Ancient Gum

A 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum has been discovered by an archaeology student from the University of Derby.

Sarah Pickin, 23, 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.

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ryaner Posted by ryaner
20th August 2007ce
Edited 21st August 2007ce

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