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The insect that painted Europe red

The insect that painted Europe red

BBC Culture - By Devon Van Houten Maldonado

Truly vibrant red was elusive for many years: until a mysterious dye was discovered in Mexico. Devon Van Houten Maldonado reveals how a crushed bug became a sign of wealth and status. Although scarlet is the colour of sin in the Old Testament, the ancient world’s elite was thirsty for red, a symbol …

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