Mankind Quarterly, Vol. 52, Nos. 3-4 (Spring-Summer 2012)
Fire, Brine and Wood: The First Nutritional Supplement in the Inland World
Marius Alexianu, Ion Sandu, Roxana-Gabriela Curcă Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Latin authors mentioned the unusual process of obtaining salt by spraying salt water on hot ashes. At the end of the 18th century this method was confirmed ethnographically. Archaeological research has demonstrated that there is evidence for this process as early as 6050 BC. Analysis of the salts produced following an archeological experiment demonstrated that this was, in fact, a matter of obtaining the first food supplement in the history of the world.