2,000-year-old cosmetics

Published on July 11th, 2009 | by Admin

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Archaeologists in Italy have discovered a 2,000-year-old lotion belonging to an Etruscan woman.

“This is almost unique in archaeology. Even though more than 2,000 years have passed, the oxidation of the organic material has not yet been completed. This is most likely due to the sealing of the alabaster unguentarium by the clayish earth, which prevented contact with oxygen,” Ribechini said.

After analyzing the material, the researchers established that the contents of the vessel consisted of a mixture of substances of lipids and resins.

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