Archaeologists found a golden ring that is claimed to prevent hangovers at the world’s largest ancient wine factory on Nov. 2.
The amethyst ring was unearthed about 150 meters (492 feet) from storehouse ruins where amphorae wine vessels were kept in Yavne, Israel.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) confirmed the crystal was once worn to avoid hangovers and other harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption.
“Gold amethyst rings were common in the Roman world,” IAA said on Facebook. “Therefore, the ring may have even been passed down from a wealthy person, who lived in Yavneh, as early as the 3rd Century A.D.”
Archaeologist Amir Golani revealed amethyst has religious significance, and is referenced in religious scriptures. He agrees the 5.11 gram (less than 0.2 ounce) ring probably belonged to someone “affluent.”
“Wearing it meant that the person was very high profile and wealthy,” News 18 added. “Such a ring can be worn by both men and women.”
Golani suggested the ring had other purposes too.
“Many virtues have been attached to this gem including the prevention of the side effect of drinking, the hangover,” he said according to CNN.
The archeological team also found thousands of well-preserved earthen jars and fragments.
The excavation site dates back to about the 7th Century, sometime in the late Byzantine and Early Islamic eras. IAA suspects the ring might be even older.
Amethyst varies from mild lilac to a deep reddish-purple. In ancient times, the gemstone was very valuable. It is now widely available and reasonably priced.
Ancient Greek medical records, from a 1,900 year-old papyrus roll discovered in 2015, suggests wearing necklace made from laurel leaves could treat a “drunken headache.”
A different physician from ancient Mesopotamia once prescribed a mixture of licorice, oleander, beans, oil, and wine to a male patient whose head became “affected” from drinking “strong wine.”