Chinese archaeologists from Shandong University made an important discovery. According to the Global Times, scientists have found plant materials – the oldest remains of tea, which are currently known to researchers.
The find was made in a tomb from the time of the Warring States. According to experts, the remains of the tea belong to 453 – 410 BC. Studies have confirmed that these tea leftovers were soaked and brewed.
“The ability to collect such samples is a gift for the researchers. Tangible evidence such as tea leaves are very difficult to collect because they decompose more easily, '' said cultural expert Yu Xiaoxin.
Prior to this, the earliest tea discovered dates back to the Western Han Dynasty – 206-220 BC.