Smoke in the eyes? Archaeological evidence for medicinal henbane fumigation at Ottoman Kaman-Kalehoyuk, Kirsehir Province, Turkey

Fenwick, Rohan S. H. and Omura, Sachihiro (2015) Smoke in the eyes? Archaeological evidence for medicinal henbane fumigation at Ottoman Kaman-Kalehoyuk, Kirsehir Province, Turkey. Antiquity, 89 346: 905-921. doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.56


Author Fenwick, Rohan S. H.
Omura, Sachihiro
Title Smoke in the eyes? Archaeological evidence for medicinal henbane fumigation at Ottoman Kaman-Kalehoyuk, Kirsehir Province, Turkey
Journal name Antiquity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-598X
1745-1744
Publication date 2015-08-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.15184/aqy.2015.56
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 89
Issue 346
Start page 905
End page 921
Total pages 17
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract The medicinal use of narcotics has a long history, extending back thousands of years, but installations for the ingestion of such substances are rarely preserved. One such installation was found in the Ottoman (fifteenth–seventeenth centuries) levels at Kaman-Kalehöyük, a multi-period settlement mound in central Turkey. Excavations of an Ottoman tandır or ventilated earth-oven have revealed a concentration of charred henbane seeds that suggest the hearth had been used for medicinal fumigation. Henbane smoke was a traditional treatment for relieving toothache and other maladies, but this is the first archaeological evidence for the practice in Asia.
Keyword Anatolia
Kaman-Kalehoyuk
Ottoman Empire
Ottoman archaeology
Henbane
Hyoscyamus
Solanaceae
Medicinal plant use
Medicinal smoke
Fumigation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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