Ancient Perfume Factory in Cyprus
The Daily Telegraph reports about the ancient perfume factory on the island of Cyprus, where perfumes were manufactured in impressive quantities in the 43,000 sq ft facilities, and stored in alabaster bottles. According to the article, these perfumes contained mostly lavender, bay, rosemary, pine or coriander and were re-created by an "An Italian foundation which aims to recreate antique traditions distilled them according to techniques described by Pliny the Elder, by grinding the herbs, adding them to oil and water, then burying them in a small long-necked jug over hot embers for 12 hours".
The island of Cyprus is already known to be the birth of Chypre perfumes, and now it seems to be also the first place where perfumes were produced on a mass-production scale.
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