Lapis Lazuli, it turns out, used to be super valuable in Afghanistan--it was like gold and used in a similar fashion. Anyone who might have lapis lazuli embedded in their teeth 1,000 years ago was likely an artist who worked on Medieval manuscripts or a scribe, and a woman was just discovered with this exact substance in her teeth. To be trusted with something as rare and precious as this ultramarine hue, she would have been someone of great importance and talent.
Historians are using the woman's remains to point out the fact that while monks tend to get all the credit for being the scribes of ancient times, plenty of women also held the position, including nuns. It's also a huge find because finding the pigment in the tartar of this woman's mouth opens the door to many other possibilities: what do other human remains have embedded in their teeth? What will that reveal to us about history?
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