Cannabis, protective element of the Ellora caves

Cannabis, protective element of the Ellora caves

On many occasions, when news of archaeological finds arrives, we find that many objects have been preserved and they are in a good state of conservation despite having passed many centuries, although this does not happen in all occasions.

Due to being underground, in mud or in conditions of minimal humidity, many objects have been well maintained despite the passage of time and a related news comes directly from India.

Archaeologists who have studied the ellora caves For many years, they claim that they have discovered the reason why the well-known caves have remained practically intact for just over 1,500 years. The reason is not the earth, the absence of moisture, mud or any other kind of agent but rather it was thanks to hemp.

As Rajideo Sing, former archaeological chemist belonging to the Archaeological Survey of India and MM Sardesai, professor of botany at Dr. Ambedkar babasaheb Marathwada University stated, “The use of hemp has helped the caves and many of the paintings in this place to remain intact in this place classified as World Heritage by UNESCO”.

The study was published in the March issue of the Science magazine and in it you can see that Cannabis sativa, known as marijuana or bhang, is found mixed between clay and Ellora lime, something that could be known thanks to the use of different technologies such as electron microscope exploration, infrared spectroscopy and other studies.

How could you preserve this place?

The preservation of this place is due to those hemp fibers, which have a certainly sticky texture, which may have helped to create a firm binder, allowing this place to continue in the good condition it is in despite having spent so many centuries since they were built.

Furthermore, according to the researchers it is revealed that hemp can regulate humidity as well as repel insects and also has great vapor permeability thanks to its hygroscopic properties.

This is the secret that has allowed us to continue to have at our disposal today to continue visiting a place as impressive as this. Surely no one would have ventured to advance that something as simple as a plant could be one of the best guardians of a corner like this.

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