Traces of caffeine found on artifacts reveals native humans’ drinking habits

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Evidence indicates that more than a thousand years ago people had the same affinity for caffeine as people do today.

A lead researcher at the University of New Mexico says traces of caffeine have been found on jars, bowls, and pitchers from archaeological sites throughout the southwest. Researchers believe native tribes drank cacao and holly beverages – both of which are high in caffeine.

Since these ingredients come from non-native plants researchers believe tribes traded with mexico for their caffeine fix. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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