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Study detects reddish pigments in Teotihuacan murals



Teotihuacán is an ancient Mesoamerican city, built between the 1st and 7th centuries AD. The city developed into one of the largest urban centres in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population of around 125,000–200,000 inhabitants.

The research team performed a non-invasive analysis using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersion spectrometer and Raman spectroscopy.


The analysis was conducted on various mural paintings in the complex of Quetzalpapálotl (located southwest of Plaza de la Luna, where early and late phase structures can be found), that revealed the early murals from around AD 200 to 350 AD used cinnabar and hematite to achieve the reddish tones.

Murals in Teotihuacan were often painted with the colour red, believed to be associated with blood, life, fertility, and the rebirth of the sun.


Source: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/study-detects-cinnabar-and-hematite-in-murals-from-early-teotihuacan/134572

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Why didn't the Teotihuacans just go to Walmart and get ink?

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Serve it ancient red pigment style :firega:


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