Painting with urine! The ancient Peruvian culture used chameleon waste to make white paint

Members of the ancient Paracas culture in Peru used chameleon urine to paint their pottery, scientists discovered

Painting with urine! The ancient Peruvian culture used chameleon waste to create white paint for pottery more than 2000 years ago

  • Chamaeleon urine is thought to be used to form white pigments
  • Liquid excrements are assumed to have been applied after the pottery was marked
  • It was mixed with an indigo-based blue dye for use on the pottery
  • They attached great value and were often transferred to children as an heirloom

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Members of the ancient Paracas culture in Peru used cameleonturine to paint pottery, scientists have found.

The liquid waste from the reptiles is believed to have been used to create a white pigment.

The Paracas culture flourished between 2900 and 2100 years ago and is known for its colorful ceramics.

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Members of the ancient Paracas culture in Peru used chameleon urine to paint their pottery, scientists discovered

Members of the ancient Paracas culture in Peru used chameleon urine to paint their pottery, scientists discovered

Liquid waste from the reptile is believed to have been used to make a white paint which was then blasted in an oven to fix it in place

Liquid waste from the reptile is believed to have been used to make a white paint which was then blasted in an oven to fix it in place

Liquid waste from the reptile is believed to have been used to make a white paint which was then blasted in an oven to fix it in place

Excavation of cemeteries of Paracas unearthed unique pottery that has not been seen anywhere else.

It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

Dawn Kriss, the first author of the Brooklyn Museum, writes in the study: & # 39; For lack of writing, the ceramic and textile traditions were the most important form of cultural communication over long distances and several generations.

She added: "Areas of white pigment on the shards also contain large amounts of uric acid.

In these paints the analysis discovered spherical white particles of the same chemical composition as those reported for a white pigment used in African rock art, recognized as coming from snake urine. & # 39;

The researchers then reveal that the morphology and composition of the white pigment probably came from the excrement of animals in the Chamaeleonidae family.

The most likely source, they say, is the Calumma parsonii species – known as the chameleon of the Parson.

The Paracas culture existed between 2900 and 2100 years ago and is known for its impressive material culture and colorful ceramics

The Paracas culture existed between 2900 and 2100 years ago and is known for its impressive material culture and colorful ceramics

It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

The Paracas culture existed between 2900 and 2100 years ago and is known for its impressive material culture and colorful ceramics

Excavation of the cemeteries of Paracas has revealed unique earthenware that has not been seen anywhere else. It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

Excavation of the cemeteries of Paracas has revealed unique earthenware that has not been seen anywhere else. It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

It was revealed that the areas with white pigment on the relics contain large amounts of uric acid

It was revealed that the areas with white pigment on the relics contain large amounts of uric acid

Excavation of the cemeteries of Paracas has revealed unique earthenware that has not been seen anywhere else. It is thought that these surviving relics are of great importance to the indigenous population and were often passed on to children as a family tree.

Dawn Kriss, the first author of the Brooklyn Museum, writes in the study: & # 39; For lack of writing, ceramic and textile traditions were the main form of cultural communication over long distances and multiple generations & # 39;

Dawn Kriss, the first author of the Brooklyn Museum, writes in the study: & # 39; For lack of writing, ceramic and textile traditions were the main form of cultural communication over long distances and multiple generations & # 39;

Dawn Kriss, the first author of the Brooklyn Museum, writes in the study: & # 39; For lack of writing, ceramic and textile traditions were the main form of cultural communication over long distances and multiple generations & # 39;

The Pearson's Chameleon (photo) is considered the source of a white paint used by the ancient Peruvian culture known as Paracas that was famous for their extensive pottery (stock image)

The Pearson's Chameleon (photo) is considered the source of a white paint used by the ancient Peruvian culture known as Paracas that was famous for their extensive pottery (stock image)

The Pearson's Chameleon (photo) is considered the source of a white paint used by the ancient Peruvian culture known as Paracas that was famous for their extensive pottery (stock image)

WHAT WAS THE PARACAS CULTURE?

The culture of Paracas was an Andean society that existed between about 800 BC and 100 BC.

Paracas comes from the Quechua word para-ako and means "sand that falls like rain & # 39 ;.

They had a thorough knowledge of irrigation and water management and made amazing contributions in the textile arts.

When the Necropolis of Paracas was first discovered in 1927 by the Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello, each mummy was tied in a sitting position; found with burial items, such as baskets or weapons; and wrapped in a cone-shaped textile bundle, including fine embroidered garments.

Since the sampled individuals were mainly men, Professor Knudson suggests that future research could include more women and young people.

The researchers also intend to carry out further research into artefacts and mortuary research in order to create context for data about the diet of the Paracas people.

They also say that it was mixed with an indigo-based blue dye by people who deliberately used the urine.

Potteries in the Paracas culture would make their designs and mark it on the pottery before it was fired.

After that, color was applied, hence the term post-fire painting & # 39 ;.

The research was published in the article Antiquity and scientists say that the fascinating find must be further studied in order to understand its importance.

The researchers then reveal that the morphology and composition of the white pigment probably came from the excrement of animals in the Chamaeleonidae family.

The researchers then reveal that the morphology and composition of the white pigment probably came from the excrement of animals in the Chamaeleonidae family.

Potteries in the Paracas culture would make their designs and mark it on the pottery before it was fired. Then the color was applied, hence the term post-fire painting & # 39;

Potteries in the Paracas culture would make their designs and mark it on the pottery before it was fired. Then the color was applied, hence the term post-fire painting & # 39;

The researchers then reveal that the morphology and composition of the white pigment probably came from the excrement of animals in the Chamaeleonidae family.

The most likely source of the pigment, they say, is the Calumma parsonii species - known as the chameleon of Parson.

The most likely source of the pigment, they say, is the Calumma parsonii species - known as the chameleon of Parson.

The research was published in the article Antiquity and scientists say that the fascinating find must be further studied in order to understand its importance

The research was published in the article Antiquity and scientists say that the fascinating find must be further studied in order to understand its importance

The most likely source of the pigment, they say, is the Calumma parsonii species – known as the chameleon of Parson.

Researchers have said that the chameleonurin was mixed with an indigo-based blue dye by people who deliberately used the urine.

Researchers have said that the chameleonurin was mixed with an indigo-based blue dye by people who deliberately used the urine.

Researchers have said that the chameleonurin was mixed with an indigo-based blue dye by people who deliberately used the urine.

The culture of Paracas was an Andean society that existed between about 800 BC and 100 BC. Paracas comes from the Quechua word para-ako which means sand that falls like rain & # 39;

The culture of Paracas was an Andean society that existed between about 800 BC and 100 BC. Paracas comes from the Quechua word para-ako which means sand that falls like rain & # 39;

The culture of Paracas was an Andean society that existed between about 800 BC and 100 BC. Paracas comes from the Quechua word para-ako which means sand that falls like rain & # 39;

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