A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman’s Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

A bit of lapis lazuli — a rich blue pigment — is trapped within a central tooth

Analysis of fossilized dental tartar of a medieval woman buried in a German monastery reveals specks of blue to be lapis lazuli — a luxurious pigment used to create gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.

(Image credit: Christina Warinner/Science Advances)

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