The first known use of vermillion

@article{MartnGil2005TheFK,
  title={The first known use of vermillion},
  author={J. Mart{\'i}n-Gil and F. Mart{\'i}n-Gil and G. Delibes-de-Castro and P. Zapatero-Magdaleno and F. J. Sarabia-Herrero},
  journal={Experientia},
  year={2005},
  volume={51},
  pages={759-761}
}
Vermillion has been shown to be useful in preserving human bones from 5000 years ago. Remarkably well-preserved human bones have been found in the dolmenic burial ‘La Velilla’ in Osorno (Palencia, Spain), carefully covered by pulverized cinnabar (vermillion) which ensured their preservation even in non-favorable climatic conditions. We believe the red powder was deliberately deposited for preservative use because no cinnabar mine is to be found within 160 km, because of the large amount… Expand
Cinnabar reviewed: characterization of the red pigment and its reactions
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