07 March, 2008

Something borrowed, something blue....

This is some exciting news on the Mayan front. The archaeologist I am working with in Oaxaca, Dr. Gary Feinman, and another researcher have figured out the secret behind the mysterious Mayan Blue. This special pigment has long puzzeled scientists due to its unique properties among plant-based paints. As Dr. Feinman explains:

"One of the things that’s always been distinctive about Maya Blue is how durable and steadfast a color it is, which is unusual compared to many natural pigments, which fade a lot through time,"
Mayan blue was used in many sacred rituals, decorating everything from ceramic pottery to human beings destined for sacrifice. Apparently, when they first dredged the Sacred Cenote at Chichén Itzá in 1904, they found a 14-foot thick layer of blue residue at the bottom.

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