Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Historians believe that spices were used long before the time of written records. They reason that pre-historic man wrapped leaves around meat in order to keep it clean while cooking in a hot pit; as a result he had the pleasant discovery of newly-flavored meat. Spices are native to many lands, as shown on the map, which makes it impossible to say exactly where this first occurred. We do know, from the hieroglyphics on the walls of the pyramids to the scriptures of the Bible, that spices shared a most important influence on the lives of the ancient Greek and Roman people.
Nelson, Kay, "Spice Talk" (1958). SDSU Extension Circulars. 648.