Cleopatra's perfume

University of Hawaii researchers retrieve myrrh-based scents used by Egyptian queen 2,000 years ago.

The history of perfume goes back to the dawn of civilization. And it was in Egypt that the product became famous. Although smell is the most ephemeral of senses, researchers at the University of Hawaii have just made an important discovery about the essence used by one of antiquity's most famous characters, Queen Cleopatra (69 BC to 30 BC). Based on excavations at a site called Tell Timai where the ancient Egyptian city of Tmuis was located, in the Nile Delta, researchers Roberto Littmann and Jay Silverstein identified, in ancient amphorae, traces of aromatic ingredients used two thousand years ago.

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