Why a Medieval Woman Had Lapus Lazuli Hidden in Her Teeth

Lapis lazuli is one of the oldest of all gems, with a history stretching back some 7000 years or more.

Ultramarine is a deep blue color pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, literally “beyond the sea“, because the pigment was imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan.

Here is an interesting article on research into female scribes in medieval times, written by Sarah Zhang, a staff writer with The Atlantic on January 9, 2019.

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