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In this photo received by AFP on June 11, 2019 from the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an excavated tomb, located  northeast of Qushiman Village in the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang province, is displayed. — Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences/Xinhua/AFP pic
In this photo received by AFP on June 11, 2019 from the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an excavated tomb, located northeast of Qushiman Village in the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang province, is displayed. — Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences/Xinhua/AFP pic

WASHINGTON, June 13 — At a burial site high in the Pamir Mountains, music from an ancient harp and the smell of burning cannabis and juniper incense fill the air, part of an elaborate ceremony to commune with the divine — and the dead.

These rituals took place 2,500 years ago and represent the oldest known use of marijuana for its psychoactive properties, according to scientists who analysed archaeological remains in China’s western Xinjiang province using forensic technology.

Their findings were published in the journal Science Advances

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