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Romans kept black henbane seeds in hollowed-out bone, a new study has found. Here’s what they might have been used for

By Sarah Edwards, Associate Lecturer and Plant Records Officer, University of Oxford
Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered a hollowed-out bone containing black henbane seeds at a Roman archaeological site. For centuries, the plant has been associated with medicine and magic.

Black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) contains toxic and potentially deadly compounds called tropane alkaloids. These compounds include hyoscyamine and scopolamine, which are…The Conversation

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