This Week In History News, Jan. 17 – 23

Published January 22, 2021

Ancient Maya drug containers unearthed, mysteries of dinosaurs' bodily functions solved, Roman-era French grave of a child and their puppy found.

1,000-Year-Old Drug Containers Found In Mexico Reveal What The Ancient Maya Were Smoking

Pair Of Ancient Mayan Containers

Washington State UniversityTwo of the ceramic Maya containers analyzed in the new study.

Workers on the outskirts of Mérida, Mexico were clearing land to build a housing complex when they unearthed a collection of 1,000-year-old Maya containers. Soon, archaeologists hacked their way through the jungle in order to make it to the site, which turned out to be filled with Maya artifacts.

But most interesting of them all were the original containers, which turned out to hold ancient residue that finally reveals what the Maya were smoking other than tobacco.

Learn the full story behind these Maya “drug containers” here.

This 100-Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals How Dinosaurs Peed, Pooped, And Had Sex

Psittacosaurus Fossil

Vinther et alThis well-preserved Psittacosaurus fossil from China enabled scientists to study a dinosaur cloaca for the first time.

A unique fossil has revealed how dinosaurs may have peed, pooped, and had sex. And it all comes down to one multipurpose hole.

An extremely well-preserved Psittacosaurus fossil from China has enabled scientists to examine the mysterious orifice that the dinosaurs used for multiple bodily functions. Despite being more than 100 million years old, the orifice was stunningly well-preserved.

See more here.

Roman-Era Grave Of A Young Child And Their Pet Puppy Uncovered In France

Roman Era Child Grave

Denis Gliksman/InrapThe gravesite in France containing the approximately 2,000-year-old remains of a child and their puppy.

While workers were in the middle of a development project for the Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport in central France, they found an old wooden coffin. Soon, experts realized that this was a burial from the Roman era likely dating back to the first century A.D.

Inside, researchers found the remains of a young child as well as several burial offerings. Among them was a puppy, believed to be the child’s pet.

Dig deeper here.

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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.