Student finds 5,000-year-old gum

Photo courtesy of the University of DerbyA piece of already-been-chewed Neolithic chewing gum was found recently by a 23-year-old student from the University of Derby in England.

Sarah Pickin was volunteering at an archaeological dig in Finland when she found the 5,000-year-old gum, complete with well-defined tooth marks.

The gum was made from birch bark tar and was probably chewed to provide relief from mouth sores. It could also have been used to repair damaged arrowheads.

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  1. yum yum “dig in” get it they dug it up so dig in lol thats looks like its still good for chewing i want a bite

  2. lol!!!! i can just picture that – “Proffessor – I think I’ve found something!!” “What is it?” Well…it appears to be prehistoric gum!

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