Scientists Examining A Medieval Skeleton Discovered A Rare Pigment That Rewrites History

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A thousand years ago, a community of women thrived in a monastery at Dalheim in rural Germany. Now, several centuries on, a team of researchers are hard at work examining medieval remnants at the site. But while studying the remains of one former resident, the group discover something unexpected: an incredible secret that could rewrite the history of humankind.

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And for Anita Radini and her coworkers, the eye-opening moment is one that few could have predicted when their research began. Initially, the team planned to study teeth unearthed at the location, analyzing any build-up of plaque to learn more about the diet and oral hygiene of women who lived so long ago. However, the specialists ended up finding so much more.

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You see, the researchers discovered something strange when looking at the plaque under the microscope. Apparently, the substance was flecked with a brilliant blue pigment, and this flash of color understandably grabbed attention. But what was the cause of this shade? Amazingly, the answer appears to reveal incredible truths about the women who lived at Dalheim and their important role in medieval society.

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