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Pre-Inca Cinnabar Mine Discovered in Trujillo

Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, archaeology, discovery )

- 2157 days ago -
The cinnabar used by the Moche to paint tattoos on their skin some 1,600 years ago may have been mined locally, according to recent findings by archaeologist Regulo Franco

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Sue M (79)
Friday June 22, 2012, 5:30 pm

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leslie c (18)
Friday June 22, 2012, 11:56 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Roger G (154)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 7:58 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Vinnie m (334)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:08 pm
Noted. Thx. Marty, very interesting. People are finding more and more ancient civilizations all the time.

Patricia H (440)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:57 pm

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 3:12 am
Noted, thanks.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 12:31 pm
If the Inca, Azteca, and other Mesoamerican societies had electroplating, they can certainly dig mine shafts for minerals.

Kathleen R (138)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:07 am
read & noted

Robert O (12)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:11 pm
Thanks Marty.

John B (185)
Monday June 25, 2012, 2:48 pm
Thanks Marty for the posting the article. Cinnabar has been used for its color in the New World since the Olmec culture, but was and is very toxic to the human body. If used for tattooing, the residual would pose a problem not only to the mother but to the child in her womb. I just wonder if this might have been the cause for the death of the young mother know as the Tattooed Lady.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Monday June 25, 2012, 4:12 pm
It is truly amazing how many ancient civilizations have been re-discovered and perhaps there are many others to be discovered. Hopefully we can learn from them.

Terri H (416)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:55 pm
Thanks Marty.....very interesting!!

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:59 pm
Humans are so damn interesting.

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 1:20 pm
very interesting, thanks Marty

Dee C (9)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 2:32 pm
Thank you, Marty, for this interesting information. I always appreciate learning something new.

Bianca D (87)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 6:14 pm
Interesting post Marty, thanks!
I agree with John B... Cinnabar = ore of mercury = ultra toxic!! I wonder if they had some kind of chelation method to get rid of the mercury from their systems after being tatooed.

Aino Viita (0)
Friday June 29, 2012, 5:15 am
Very interesting news.

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 11:00 am
Noted with interest.
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