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A team of archeologists exploring an almost 2,200-year-old tomb of a Chinese emperor of the Han Dynasty found the world's oldest tea. That's probably been brewing for a long time.

This discovery sheds light on the new evidence that proves that ancient Chinese royalty were tea drinkers. The team discovered the tea leaves in the Han Yangling Mausoleum, a special tomb built for Emperor Jing Di. He is thought to have died around 141 BCE.

The 1,250-year-old tea was one of the many ancient items discovered when the tomb was evacuated in the '90s in Tibet. Some of the artifacts are pottery figures, weapons and even chariots with horses. At the time, the box was filled with an unidentified type of leaves.

With the expertise of scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, mass spectrometry was used to identify the nature of the leaves. After thorough investigation, the leaves were proven to be real tea leaves.

Read More: Techtimes

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