A plate found in the Yucatan peninsula appears to show traces of ancient chocolate residue.
The find is thought to expand upon the known uses for chocolate in ancient Mexico, in this case as a condiment to spice up a meal. The traces were found by identifying chemical markers on fragments of plate found in the region.
"This is the first time it has been found on a plate used for serving food," said archaeologist Tomas Gallareta. "It is unlikely that it was ground there (on the plate), because for that they probably used metates (grinding stones)."
"Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod."
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