2,150-year-old tea leaves found in Chinese royal tomb
Chinese archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest tea in the tomb of an emperor who ruled more than 2,100 years ago.
|Emperor Jing was the fourth ruler in the Western Han Dynasty |
|The tea leaves are found and identified in the ancient tomb back in 141 BC |
[Credit: Houyouan Lu et al., Scientific Reports]
|Human figures buried in the tea-drinking emperor, Jing Di tomb complex near Xian [Credit: Xinhua]|
Opinion is divided on the usage of tea in the Han Dynasty, said Yang Wuzhan, a research fellow with the Shaanxi provincial institute of archaeology. Some believe it was seen as a medicine rather than a drink.
Source: Xinhua [January 14, 2016]