Photo: First Chocoholics in U.S. Found in New Mexico?



Jars like these roughly 9-inch-tall (22-centimeter-tall) cylinders found in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, have yielded the oldest traces of chocolate in what is now the United States, a February 2009 study says.

The discovery suggests the existence of a vast trade network helping to deliver chocolate from Central America to what is now the U.S. as early as A.D. 1000—about 400 years earlier than previously thought.

Photograph courtesy American Antiquity


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