Another very interesting perfume article (link no longer working, sorry) discovered by Karen, this one from the Scotsman. It seems that Italian archaeologists have uncovered a 4,000 year old perfumery on a hillside in Cyprus, and used fragments from clay bottles to reconstruct some of the fragrances made there. From another article on the same subject (link no longer working) in Reuters:
And, archaeologists have discovered, modern preferences are not too different from those of 4,000 years ago.
"I smelt this one and immediately thought, Pino Silvestre!" said Belgiorno [note: the archaeologist's team leader], unblocking the stopper on a strong smelling golden fluid in a small phial, comparing it to the musky aroma of the cologne with its unmistakable green bottles shaped like a pine cone.
Other perfume ingredients found at the site include cinnamon, laurel, myrtle, anise and citrus bergamot.