Chocolate residue found in ancient pottery remains

Residue from a chemical only known in chocolate has been found on pottery shards dating back to between 1400 to 900 BC in Central America, according to an article at LiveScience magazine online.

The shards were unearthed in Honduras. The ancient Honduran Indians at that time drank a type of beer that was made from the white pulpy coating of the cacoa bean called chicha, unlike the later Aztecs who made chocolatl from the roasted, crushed seed itself.